BARANGAY Ginebra flaunted its real might on Sunday as it demolished GlobalPort, 124-108, to book its first win in the PBA Governors Cup.
The Kings paraded triple towers Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, and Joe Devance up front and the deadly duo of import Justine Brownlee and LA Tenorio in the backcourt to in what coach Tim Cone later described as part of the team’s way of revisiting the triangle offense.
The defending champions broke free from a tight game early on behind a huge second-quarter surge sparked by Slaughter and Tenorio to finally take control and even their record at 1-1 (win-loss).
The second loss in three outings by the Batang Pier was highlighted by a shouting match between coach Franz Pumaren and star player Stanley Pringle during a huddle in the first half, an incident that was witnessed by a decent-sized crowd in attendance at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Murphy Holloway led Globalport with a double-double of 36 points and 18 rebounds, and Terrence Romeo had 25 points but was only 10-of-24 from the floor.
Pringle set aside his heated exchange of words with Pumaren to score 18 points, but refused to talk about the incident later on.
GINEBRA 124 – Tenorio 29, Brownlee 21, Slaughter 19, Devance 14, Thompson 13, Aguilar 9, Mariano 7, Cruz 4, Caguioa 4, Ellis 2, Taha 2, Jamito 0.
GLOBALPORT 108 – Holloway 36, GlobalPort 25, Pringle 18, Anthony 8, Arana 5, Maierhofer 4, Cortez 3, Pennisi 3, Aban 2, Guinto 2, Van Opstal 2, Grey 0, Ababou 0.
Quarterscores: 29-28; 61-51; 93-76; 124-108.