Barangay Ginebra unleashed its “Never Say Die” attitude to complete a come-from-behind victory as it toppled Phoenix Fuel Masters, 94-87 in the elimination round of the 2021 Philippine Cup, Wednesday night at the DHVSU Gym, Bacolor, Pampanga.
Down by as much as 19 points in the first half, the Gin Kings clawed back and relied on the clutch performance of their backcourt veterans Stanley Pringle and LA Tenorio to capture their 4th win in 9 outings
‘We stayed positive and we stayed together as a team. That is the best thing that we did’, said Pringle, who paced the game with 31 points, seven rebounds, four triples.
Pringle broke the deadlock, 89-87, under two minutes remaining and Tenorio drained his sixth triple exactly one minute left to give a 5-point cushion for Ginebra, 91-87, and went on to frustrate the Fuel Masters in a meltdown.
The fight back started in the second quarter behind the barrage of threes by two veterans and enough support from their crew.
Asked about Tenorio’s struggle in the previous game against TNT where he was scoreless, Pringle was all praises of his duo, ‘every one has a struggle and everyone has a time. We keep supporting each other as a team. He is a veteran.’
Phoenix controlled the game for three quarters behind Perkins’ offensive juggernaut and Matthew Wright’s consistent quarterbacking to preserve their lead, 76 69.
Perkins’ had a stellar outing but only scored 2 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter which contributed to the collapse of Phoenix in the end game.
‘It was great come back game and it was a game that fans would really like to see. We battled and we came back. It was a big game not only for the standings. The “Never Say Die” attitude showed tonight.’, said Coach Tim Cone.
He emphasized that their Philippine Cup journey is different from their journey in the Clark Bubble where they were crowned as champsions.
Tenorio scored 23 points with six triples, Christian Standhardinger contributed 21 points and Scottie Thompson had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Fuel Masters committed 13 turnovers against Ginebra’s seven which was costly in the decider.
Brgy.Ginebra out sniped their counterparts with 13/34 (38%) shooting from beyond the arc compared to Phoenix Super LPG’s dismal 8/27 (29%).