GINEBRA TAKES MERALCO DOWN IN GAME 4 TO TIE THE SERIES 2-2
Barangay Ginebra equalized the series to 2-2 after outlasting Meralco Bolts, 95-84, in Game 4 of the PBA Governors' Cup Finals yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Scottie Thompson, the conference Best Player, and Justine Brownlee, the conference Best Import, led the squad into a deadlock with their 27 points record each.
The Gin Kings were able to take control in the first frame with a three points lead but Meralco retaliated in the second frame to tie the score at 41 all as Tony Bishop bannered 25 points for the team.
Nevertheless, Ginebra refused the Bolts to be at par in the third quarter as they claimed a 68-54 lead as duo Brownlee and Thompson relentlessly took turns to score, not disappointing the 17,928 who attended Game Four.
While LA Tenorio and Christian Standhardinge also did not falter contributing 17 and 11 points, respectively to extend the lead further and finished the last frame at 95-84.
“That’s when we’re at our best when everybody is contributing and working on the offense and defense side. I thought we played our best game of the series today,” said coach Tim Cone.
“Our guys are (veterans) and they already knew what to do.”
Ginebra 95 – Brownlee 27, Thompson 27, Tenorio 17, Standhardinger 11, Chan 9, Pinto 4, Tolentino 0, J. Aguilar 0, Mariano 0.
Meralco 84 – Bishop 25, Newsome 15, Black 14, Almazan 11, Quinto 6, Hodge 5, Hugnatan 3, Bacnhero 2, Baclao 0, Caram 0.
Quarters: 24-21, 41-41, 68-54, 95-84.