Brgy. Ginebra beat Magnolia at endgame of a well-fought duel, carving out an 85-79 decision in the opener of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-three quarterfinals at the MOA Arena in Pasay City Saturday.
The two ball clubs were engaged in a spirited fight before Justin Brownlee banged away a trey to touch off an 8-2 windup that had the Kings moving in the threshold of the Final Four.
With the 1-0 upper hand, the Kings have got two cracks at closing out the Manila Clasico quarterfinals, the first one on Tuesday over at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Hotshots, now winless in their last five outings, must end their slump to force a rubber match on Thursday.
Coach Chito Victolero and his troops remained on a skid as they went scoreless in the last 3:08 of the game versus the Gin Kings.
With the Hotshots misfiring at the finish, the Gin Kings took advantage, going to Stanley Pringle and Greg Slaughter for the killer baskets.