Justin Brownlee came up with a key three-point play at winning time to highlight a superb 37-point game and Barangay Ginebra squeezed out a 103-102 nail-biter to move in the threshold of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday.
The Aces, who waged a searing fightback from a 13-point deficit to send the game to a down-the-wire finish, had a chance to salvage the match but Cory Jefferson and Jvee Casio missed an attempt each in the last seven seconds.
The Kings instead grinded out a fifth straight win and inched closer to an outright playoff entry as they pulled abreast with the San Miguel Beermen at 5-1.
Brownlee and his teammates practically did it on their own with coach Tim Cone running out of timeout.
“It’s certainly tough. We battled through lots of adversities from playing the last six minutes without a timeout,” said Cone. – PBA
GINEBRA 103 – Brownlee 37, Devance 12, Tenorio 11, Thompson 11, Caguioa 10, Ferrer 6, Mercado 6, Ellis 6, Marcelo 4, Cruz 0.
ALASKA 102 – Jefferson 25, Manuel 13, Casio 12, Thoss 9, Banchero 9, Hontiveros 9, Racal 8, Exciminiano 7, Enciso 6, Pascual 4, Andrada 0, Mendoza 0.
Quarterscores: 32-30, 57-56, 87-76, 103-102.