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Brownlee, Ginebra take a commanding 3-1 lead with rout of lowly Meralco

by Reynald Magallon, January 15, 2020 9:40pm

The Ginebra San Miguel took a commanding 3-1 lead after romping the Meralco Bolts, 94-72, in Game 4 of their Finals series at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday and move a win away from the 2019 Governors' Cup title.

Justin Brownlee was a man on a mission on Game 4 after losing to Allen Durham in the Best Import award, finishing with 27 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists. Stanley Pringle provided support with 21 points while Scottie Thompson contributed 16

The Gin Kings banked on a huge 17-4 blast to break a 16-all deadlock at the 11:19 mark and make it a 33-20 advantage halfway through the second frame. Brownlee unloaded 15 of his total output in that second quarter flurry as Ginebra exploded for 42 points.

Brownlee started the run with a layup before he, Pringle and Thompson stringed consecutive points for a 26-18 lead. Bong Quinto stopped the bleeding with a layup but the Brownlee kept the ball rolling for the Gin Kings with seven straight points.

Raymond Almazan tried to keep the Bolts in the game as he spearheaded 7-0 spurt to come within 6, 33-27 but Ginebra finished the quarter with a 9-4 mini run.

That run set the tone for Kings' romp of the Bolts as they never looked back since then and kept their foot on the gas pedal in the second half.

Ginebra unleashed another 7-2 spurt to start the third frame that pushed their lead to 17 points 50-33 with only two minutes gone by in the third quarter. It was all Ginebra since then as Meralco seemed to just couldn't find the mark to pull themselves close.

Meralco pulled within 14, 75-61 early in the final frame but the Gin Kings were just on point as they unleashed another blistering 15-2 run to erect the biggest lead of the ball game for Ginebra at 27, 90-63  shattering any hope of comeback from the Bolts with 3:33 left in the game.

Best Import awardee Allen Durham paced the Bolts with 21 and 27 rebounds although got little support from his local crew. Raymond Almazan despite playing through a knee injury still contributed 12 points and nine rebounds

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