Barangay Ginebra San Miguel sizzled from beyond the arc late in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Star Hotshots and record their first win of the best-of-7 semifinals series in Game 3, 73-62, on Monday, February 13.
The Mall of Asia Arena was sent into a frenzy after the Gin Kings made 3 straight 3-pointers – one from Japeth Aguilar and two courtesy of Sol Mercado, as part of a deciding 14-0 run from the 5:24 mark that gave Ginebra a 73-60 edge with over a minute to go.
Ginebra finally got one over its rivals after losing two straight to start the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semis. They avoided a 0-3 hole and snapped the Hotshots’ 8-game winning run since the eliminations.
“We hit shots today, that’s been the difference maker,” said head coach Tim Cone. “The good news is we’re back in the series right now. Wer’e not even but we’re back in.”
Mercado finished with 16 points and 6 assists, while Aguilar contributed 15 markers, 13 rebounds, and 4 blocks.
Mark Caguioa provided much-needed spark off the bench with 8 points in under 13 minutes, while LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson had 7 markers apiece.