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Ginebra outguns SMB to get back on winning track

by Reynald Magallon, October 13, 2019 9:22pm

The Ginebra San Miguel outgunned the San Miguel Beermen, 125-124, in an offensive showdown between the two titanic teams in the 2019 Governors' Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday.

Six players scored in double figure for the Kings led by Stanley Pringle and Justin Brownlee who unloaded 28 and 27 points respectively. On the SMB's side meanwhile, Dez Wells led five players in double figures with conference-best 52 points.

However, it was the Kings who prevailed in the shootout as they rode a huge first half to establish a double digit spread at the half, 71-59. The Kings kept the lead in twin digits after the third frame but SMB embarked to a blistering run early in the final frame to threaten the Kings.

Ginebra was still up by 12, 111-99 following an LA Tenorio trey with 7:10 remaining in the fourth. Von Pessumal then had a 9-2 personal run spiked by three straight rainbow connections to pull SMB within five, 113-108, halfway through the final frame.

Wells then kept the Beermen run alive with an and-1 play before Pringle score on a tip in to stop the bleeding for the Kings. Fajardo though got the deuce back off a nice feed from Wells. Brownlee then slammed it home to initiated a 7-0 spurt for Ginebra to extend the lead to 123-114 with 2:09 left in the game.

San Miguel however refused to give up as they retaliated with an 8-0 attack capped by a Wells layup to come within three, 125-122 with 32 seconds left. SMB then played the fouling game but the Kings were steady from the stripe to secure the victory.

LA Tenorio provided support as he mustered 19 points while Japeth Aguilar added 17 markers.

On the other hand, Marcio Lassiter and June Mar Fajardo scattered 16 points each but was not enough for the Beermen to continue their four game winning streak.

SMB absorbed their first loss and are now tied with NLEX at the second spot of the standing with an identical 4-1 record. Ginebra meanwhile moved up in the standings as they now holds a 2-2 win-loss card.

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