Brgy. Ginebra moves up to 3-1 with 110-97 rout of erstwhile unbeaten NLEX

PBA Media Bureau

Barangay Ginebra stopped NLEX on its tracks as the Gin Kings went on full throttle in the third quarter and roared to a 110-97 win over the Road Warriors in their Petron Blaze road setto in the PBA Governors Cup at the Calasiao Sports Complex here.

After playing the Road Warriors to a 50-48 battle in the first half, the Kings exploded for 36 points in the third period and refused to slow down on the way to nailing a third straight win.

LA Tenorio and Joe Devance led the Kings’ decisive third-quarter surge, enabling Ginebra to lead by 20 at 86-66 before stretching it to 22 in the fourth, then eventually snapping NLEX’s four-game unbeaten run.

Ginebra moved up to solo fourth at 3-1 while NLEX dropped to third at 4-1 behind Star (3-0) and Meralco (3-0).

Devance top scored with 23 points while Justin Brownlee came through with 22 markers, 13 boards and six assists.

Tenorio finished with 17 points and seven assists to make up for eight turnovers while Japeth Aguilar contributed 10 markers, six rebounds and two assists before joining Gilas Pilipinas in their Lebanon trip for the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup. – PBA

The scores:

GINEBRA 110 – Devance 23, Brownlee 22, Tenorio 17, Aguilar 10, Slaughter 10, Caguioa 8, Taha 6, Thompson 5, Ferrer 3, Cruz 3, Ellis 3, Marcelo 0, Mariano 0.

NLEX 97 – Fuller 20, Quinahan 12, Fonacier 11, Alas 10, Al-Hussaini 10, Mallari 10, Lastimosa 9, Tiongson 6, Rios 4, J. Villanueva 3, Monfort 2, Taulava 0, Soyud 0, Baracael 0.

Quarters: 26-24, 50-48, 86-71, 110-97.