With their championship hero Justin Brownlee watching courtside, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel stepped up big time to complete an upset of the twice-to-beat Alaska Aces, 108-97, and advance to the semifinals of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup on Tuesday, February 7 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Down another man once again, the Gin Kings saw different faces rising up to fill the void. In doing so they became only the 12th team in PBA history to overcome a twice-to-beat advantage.
“We picked the right time to play our best game of the conference,” said head coach Tim Cone.
Veteran guard LA Tenorio captained the ship with 31 points and 3 assists, including 13 markers in a defining 31-18 third quarter run.
Young guns Aljon Mariano, Kevin Ferrer, and Scottie Thompson all finished in double figures with Mariano exploding for a career-high 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting to go with 8 boards.