Barangay Ginebra squandered an initial huge lead but made another big separation in the fourth quarter and eventually left Columbian Dyip in the dust in a 113-90 rout that guaranteed the Kings of a Top Four finish in the PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday night.
The Kings blew away a 19-point spread and even fell behind late in the third period before gathering steam again and going on to nail victory No. 7 that ensured them of a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals.
And it’s now all about final placing in the quarterfinals for the Gin Kings as they tangle with the NorthPort Batang Pier Sunday also at the Big Dome.
Jeff Chan recalled his shooting form and teamed up with Art dela Cruz and Justin Brownlee as the Kings pulled away for good early in the fourth and, thus, foiled the Dyip’s shot at solo seventh place.
With their third straight loss, Columbian, instead, dropped to ninth place with a closing 4-7 win-loss card.
The Dyip would still get a shot at the playoffs if either NorthPort (4-6) or Alaska Milk (4-6) – or both lose their last outings.