BARANGAY Ginebra turned it up a notch when it mattered most as it frustrated Blackwater, 98-81, to sustain its momentum in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Gin Kings saw the Elite threaten to pull off an upset before breaking loose from a tight game halfway through the payoff period on the way to seventh straight win after starting their title defense with a loss.
Greg Slaughter led the balanced attack with 22 points and eight boards off the bench for the Gin Kings, while Japeth Aguilar blocked a Bill Walker layup attempt with a little less than seven minutes left in the game that Cone felt spelled the biggest difference.
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Justin Brownlee stuffed the stats sheet again with 17 points, 13 boards, six assists, four blocks, and one steal in almost 40 minutes, while LA Tenorio added 16 points, five assists, three boards, two steals, and one block.
Devance chipped in 15 points and missed a double-double by just two rebounds, completing an all-around play with four assists in 36 minutes, while Aguilar finished with 10 points, six boards, two assists, and two blocks.