Barangay Ginebra stopped the Phoenix Fuel Masters in its tracks, taking a close 100-97 win in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday night at the Big Dome.
With the win, Ginebra got back on the winning side with a 4-3 win-loss card, while the Fuel Masters absorbed their second loss but remained on top of the team standings with an 8-2 record.
LA Tenorio led the way for the Gin Kings with 28 points, eight boards, and five assists. Aljon Mariano finished with a near double-double of 20 points and nine markers, while Greg Slaughter had 18 points and 11 boards. Jeff Chan chipped in 13 points.
But it was Japeth Aguilar (11 points) who saved the Barangay down the stretch as the lanky big man came through with a game-saving block on Calvin Abueva with four seconds to go.
Abueva paced the league-leading Fuel Masters with 15 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort.
GINEBRA 100 – Tenorio 23, Mariano 20, Slaughter 18,.Chan 13, Aguilar 11, Thompson 5, Cruz 4, Dela Cruz 4, Mercado 2, Caperal 0, Ferrer 0.
PHOENIX 97 – Abueva 15, Kramer 14, Jazul 13, Chua 13,.Wright 10, Marcelo 10, Perkins 9, Mallari 9, Revilla 2,.Mendoza 2.
Quarter scores: 18-24, 40-46, 72-76, 100-97.