Barangay Ginebra issued a statement win as it drubbed the TNT KaTropa, 121-94, in their 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal opener at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum Monday night.
Avenging its humiliating elimination-round defeat, Ginebra displayed another stellar performance, dominating the game from start to finish to take 1-0 lead in a best-of-five series.
With Justin Brownlee running the show, the Gin Kings broke out of a tight contest in the opening period, establishing a 31-22 edge after the first 12 minutes.
It was all Ginebra from that point on as its well-distributed offense as well as its imposing defense let them enjoy a lead as high as 34 points.
Justin Brownlee led the attack with 21 points on top of eight rebounds, five assists and three steals in just 28 minutes of play. Joe Devance picked up from where he left off from their last game as he finished with 19 markers built around three triples, coupled with four boards and three dimes.
Five more locals produced in double figures for the Barangay including Greg Slaughter who had 16 points, seven caroms, five assists and four blocks, Mark Caguioa with 13 point in just 12 minutes off the bench, and LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar, and Jervy Cruz who had 10 points apiece.
Once again, the Gin Kings showed great ball movement that resulted to 34 assists, with Tenorio dishing seven and Thompson and Slaughter tallying five each.
Aside from the 54 points they got from the bench and 60 points in the paint, Ginebra also made the KaTropa pay for committing 22 turnovers as they converted it to 23 points.
Glen Rice, Jr. carried TNT with 26 points, 10 boards and four dimes but ran out of gas in the second half.
GINEBRA 121 – Brownlee 21, Devance 19, Slaughter 16, Caguioa 13, Tenorio 10, Aguilar J. 10, Cruz 10, Thompson 7, Mercado 7, Mariano 4, Taha 4, Helterbrand 0, Aguilar R. 0.
TNT 94 – Rice Jr. 26, Castro 16, Pogoy 12, Tautuaa 7, Carey 6, Nuyles 6, Rosario 5, Williams 5, Semerad 5, Hernandez 3, Reyes 2, Chua 1, Golla 0, Lingganay 0, Seigle 0.
Quarter scores: 31-22, 60-48, 95-75, 121-94.