Barangay Ginebra San Miguel showed nerves of steel against the gutsy Star Hotshots to notch an 89-76 win in an epic Game Seven and punch a ticket to the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup finals on Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.
Sol Mercado finished with a season-high 23 points, four rebounds and five assists while LA Tenorio delivered 21 points, four rebounds, five assists as well as huge plays that doused a rally by Star in the last game of their Manila Clasico semifinal showdown.
Japeth Aguilar also had 19 points as Scottie Thompson tallied 10 points and nine boards.
The Gin Kings will be making their second straight finals appearance after winning the Governors’ Cup title last season–their first crown in eight years.
They will face the San Miguel Beermen, who are seeking a three-peat, in the championship round. – InterAksyon.com
Brgy. Ginebra 89 – Mercado 23, Tenorio 21, Aguilar 19, Thompson 10, Devance 7, Cruz 6, Ferrer 2, Marcelo 1.
Star 76 – Maliksi 22, Pingris 17, Ramos 14, Barroca 8, Reavis 5, Lee 4, Jalalon 4, Melton 2.
Quarterscores: 26-16, 45-36, 65-61, 89-76.