Brgy. Ginebra routs NLEX to tighten grip on top spot

The fans chanted his name and Mark Caguioa responded with gusto.

The 2012 Most Valuable Player chased the 10,000-point milestone, and eventually hit it towards the end of the match, highlighting Barangay Ginebra’s 106-92 triumph over NLEX in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday night.

It’s actually a tight game in the first half before the Kings pounded the Road Warriors, 40-24, in the third quarter.

Back-to-back treys by Jeff Chan and Kevin Ferrer opened a 96-72 count for Ginebra, and the Kings just got going to deal the Road Warriors a big loss.

NLEX dropped to 4-3.

“At halftime, I was scratching my head. We couldn’t put fingers on what we’re doing. We’re not playing great and we’re not playing badly. We’re in between. Then we turned it on, started to click in the third and started to hit our shots,” said Cone.

Japeth Aguilar returned from sickbay and was among five players who scored in double figures along with Justin Brownlee, LA Tenorio, Caguioa and Aljon Mariano.

Cone said Greg Slaughter and Sol Mercado would also be joining the team in practice by Monday.

The scores:

Ginebra 106 – Brownlee 26, Aguilar 17, Tenorio 17, Caguioa 16, Mariano 10, Chan 6, Caperal 6, Ferrer 5, Manuel 2, Thompson 1, Aguilar R. 0.

NLEX 92 – Fonacier 21, Fuller 20, Quinahan 13, Paniamogan 10, Tiongson 9, Mallari 8, Miranda 8, Taulava 3, Rios 0, Ighalo 0, Baguio 0, Galanza 0, Tallo 0.

Quarters: 24-22, 42-41, 82-65, 106-92.