In a virtual repeat of Game One, Barangay Ginebra rallied from a double-digit deficit in the first half and repulsed a stunned NLEX side.
Minus the injury-hit Japeth Aguilar, the seventh-ranked Gin Kings sustained their playoffs savvy and brilliance and moved on the cusp of the 46th PBA Governors’ Cup finale with a 104-94 thwarting of the Road Warriors Friday at the MOA Arena.
Justin Brownlee, Scottie Thompson, Christian Standhardinger and LA Tenorio churned out solid all-around numbers and Nards Pinto and the returning Joe Devance had significant help off the bench as the Kings extended their hot run from their two-game spanking of the TNT Tropang Giga in the quarters.
One more win, and they will strut their stuff in their fourth finals in the last five Governors’ Cup.
The beleaguered Road Warriors must win three in a row to salvage a first finals stint in franchise history.
From 11 points down at 31-42, the Kings cranked it up, zooming ahead, 55-49, at the turn and keeping their foot on the pedal through the second half.
They pulled away in the third on a bristling run sparked by three-pointers by Brownlee, Thompson and Arvin Tolentino.