Hot-shooting Gin Kings take down Bolts in Game 5, move one win away from crown

Scottie Thompson and Christian Standhardinger came through for Brgy. Ginebra down the stretch as the Gin Kings seized a crucial 115-110 victory over Meralco in Game 5 of the best-of-seven championship series in the PBA Season 46 Governors’ Cup, Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

The duo unraveled 7 straight points capped with a clutch three by the recently-crowned Best Player of the Conference which gave the defending champs a comfortable 8-point edge, 105-97, after the Norman Black-mentored squad managed cut a 14-point deficit to just a solitary point with 4:44 left on the game clock.

Best Import Justin Brownlee and LA Tenorio finished up the job as the crowd darlings moved ahead in the series, 3-2, and are now just one win away from their 4th Governors’ Cup title in the last 5 years.

Brownlee, as usual, led the charge for the Gin Kings with 40 points on 13-of-17 shooting spiked by 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. The 4-time PBA champion reinforcement added 11 boards, 5 dimes a steal and 2 blocks in 44 minutes of action.

“We did a great job of making shots all night. We had big shots the whole game. I didn’t think it was sustainable, but we were able to sustain it,” said Brgy. Ginebra coach Tim Cone during the post-game presser. “Our guys made big shots. Made big plays, made big shots.”

“We made a couple of nice plays, when they got it down to one, and Scottie hit that big 3 to give us some breathing room. But it could have gone either way,” he added.

Thompson came 1 rebound shy of a triple-double as the 28-year old, do-it-all guard finished with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists to go with a steal and a block. Arvin Tolentino bounced back from a scoreless performance in Game 4 and contributed 16 markers with 12 coming from long-distance. The sophomore pro out of FEU also had 4 boards, an assist and 3 steals.

Standhardinger had 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists while Tenorio and Nards Pinto chipped in 10 and 8, respectively.

The Gin Kings take their 1st of 2 cracks at the crown on Wednesday, April 20 at the same venue.

The scores:

Brgy. Ginebra 115 – Brownlee 40, Thompson 19, Tolentino 16, Standhardinger 13, Tenorio 10, Pinto 8, J. Aguilar 6, Chan 3.

Meralco 110 – Bishop 30, Newsome 27, Black 25, Maliksi 12, Almazan 6, Belo 4, Banchero 2, Hodge 2, Quinto 2.

Quarterscores: 25-22; 54-43; 82-73; 115-110.

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