Barangay Ginebra San Miguel avoided what could have been another collapse as it held off Meralco, 82-79, to level their 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals series at 1-1 Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Sol Mercado made the go-ahead basket, a putback off an LA Tenorio miss, 81-79, with 28.2 seconds left before holding his ground against Meralco import Allen Durham on the other end.
Justin Brownlee, who lost the Best Import award to Durham, finished with 32 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Gin Kings.
“We had a tough shooting night and it just seemed like shots that we normally make just didn’t go in, a lot of in and out especially around the basket, but we said at halftime even though we weren’t playing well offensively, we felt it was the kind of game that we play well and win,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone.
“Your defense is your constant. And that’s why we hang our hat on our defense. We changed the match-ups today and let Sol have Durham and he did a great job just trying to limit his touches,” Cone added.