Brgy. Ginebra clicked in the payoff period to blow by the Meralco Bolts, 86-76, to earn a 2-0 advantage in their best-of-seven Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup Finals series on Sunday at the Big Dome.
Justin Brownlee led Ginebra in scoring with 19 points, while Japeth Aguilar and LA Tenorio added 16 and 14 markers, respectively.
A 9-0 run saw the Bolts go ahead early with a 17-8 advantage midway through the opening quarter, before erecting a 24-18 lead over Ginebra going into the second frame.
Despite trailing 40-37 at the halftime break, it was Meralco again who stuck their noses in front, 62-57, going into the final period.
In the payoff period, Ginebra finally started firing on all cylinders.
With Meralco nursing a 75-69 advantage at the 5:56 mark, Ginebra went on a 17-1 flurry to close out the fourth quarter.
Tenorio hit a clutch triple at the 1:08 mark of the fourth quarter that practically sealed the deal for the defending champions.