The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings kept their winning run going, defeating Mahindra, 104-86, to notch a third consecutive victory in the 2016 Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Othyus Jeffers had 24 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists while point guard LA Tenorio also had a well-rounded statline with 15 points, six rebounds and seven assists to lead Ginebra in the win.
Both of the Kings’ twin towers finished with double-doubles as Japeth Aguilar had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Greg Slaughter had 12 and 10. Joe Devance also gave the team a lift with 12 markers.
Ginebra, which lost their first two games of the conference, is now above .500 as it climbed to 3-2. Mahindra is also at 3-2 after the loss.
They opened the game on an 11-0 run, taking a double-digit lead even before their import Jeffers took his first shot.
They made it a 16-2 start after a three-point play from Jeffers and another basket from Aguilar who, along with Slaughter and Tenorio, presided over Ginebra’s hot start.
Barangay Ginebra dominated Mahindra Enforcer in the first half of the contest, leading by as many as 21 points.
They led 22-13 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second, the Kings continued to play well, with Jeffers leading a 14-4 run that pushed the lead up to 19 points, 40-21.
The Ginebra lead then breached the 20-point mark late in the second period after Tenorio completed a three-point play and Mark Caguioa added an extra free throw of a split from the stripe.
Ginebra held a 46-29 lead at the half after banking on a balanced first half attack that saw Jeffers, Tenorio and Slaughter all tallying nine points and Aguilar right with them with eight.
KG Canaleta and the Enforcers made the most of the great equalizer – the three-point line – in the third quarter as they began to battle back.
Canaleta knocked down a big four-point play early in the quarter and LA Revilla hit back-to-back threes of his own. Canaleta connected on two more, capping the period with a long-range bomb at the buzzer that trimmed the Ginebra lead down to just 10 points, 72-62.
The Kings scored five quick points to start the fourth – courtesy of a Sol Mercado trey and basket from Aguilar – and never looked back, having an answer for everything Mahindra threw at them.
GINEBRA 104 – Jeffers 24, Tenorio 15, Aguilar 14, Devance 12, Slaughter 12, Mercado 7, Ellis 6, Thompson 5, Caguioa 3, Cruz 2, Marcelo 2, Salva 2, Helterbrand 0.
MAHINDRA 86 – Canaleta 22, Gilchrist 18, Revilla 11, Ramos 8, Yee 8, Bagatsing 5, Dehesa 5, Pascual 4, Hubalde 3, Guinto 2, Digregorio 0, Jaime 0, Pinto 0, Webb 0.
Quarters: 22-13, 46-29, 72-62, 104-86