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Blistering second half fuels Ginebra's romp of rival Magnolia

by Reynald Magallon, October 20, 2019 9:04pm

The Ginebra San Miguel rode a blistering second half as they romped the defending champions and rival Magnolia Hotshots, 105-83, in front of a jam packed crowd in the 2019 Governor's Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.

The Kings exploded for a total of 60 points (34 in the third, 26 in the fourth) in the second half while limiting the Hotshots to just points in the last two quarters. Ginebra particularly waxed hot from down town as they drained 16 triple to power their masterful performance over their bitter rivals.

A Jeff Chan back-to-back triple sparked the onslaught in the 5:23 mark of the third frame to extend the lead to 10, 66-56 from a tight 60-56 advantage for the Kings. Art Dela Cruz then scored on a layup LA Tenorio a free throw split before Justin Brownlee capped the 11-0 spurt with a throw down at the 3:42 mark to lead by 15, 71-56.

The Hotshots then found their offensive rhythm but they only managed to exchange baskets with the hot shooting Kings who led by 14, 79-65 heading into the final frame. A back-to-back hits from Ginebra however established an 18 point cushion, 83-65. It was all Ginebra since then as they built a lead that went up to as much as points late in the final frame.

Justin Brownlee led the attack for the Kings flirting with a triple-double with 27 points 10 assists and nine rebounds while Scottie Thompson contributed 14 points spiked by four rainbow connections. Japeth Aguilar also added 14 markers while Stanley Pringle chipped in 11.

Rome Dela Rosa paced the Hotshots with 18 points while Romeo Travis scored 17 points in his first game back from an ankle injury.

With the victory, Ginebra swept their games against the other teams under the SMC umbrella, doing it in a back-to-back fashion to go up 3-2 in the standings. Magnolia meanwhile dropped to a 3-4 record.


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