Defending champions Barangay Ginebra San Miguel stamped their class all over TNT Katropa with a masterful 121-94 showing in Game One of their 2017 Governor’s Cup Semifinals, Monday night at a packed SMART Araneta Coliseum.
The Gin Kings are now 1-0 in the best-of-five series over the Katropa, who defeated them back in the elimination round last September 23, 121-92, also at the Big Dome.
“They beat us up in the elims, and we got ’em today,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone. “One way, we’re happy that we’re able to play like this because we’re able to beat them. On the other hand, we just filled their bag with a whole bunch of motivation going to Game Two.”
“There’s always positives and negatives to blowouts in a series. But, we basically got done what we wanted to do today,” the multi-titled mentor pointed out.
Six Gin Kings finished in double figures in the blowout. Justin Brownlee led the attack with 21 points to go with eight rebounds and five assists. Joe Devance scored 19, while Greg Slaughter supplied 16 markers with seven boards.