Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


Japeth Aguilar dominates as Ginebra boots Rain or Shine out of PBA Bubble

SMART CLARK GIGA CITY – Barangay Ginebra made good use of its win-once incentive as it beat Rain or Shine, 81-73, to enter the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals first, Friday night at the AUF Sports and Cultural Center.

Stanley Pringle sparked the late-game pullaway, scoring four straight before Aljon Mariano and LA Tenorio joined the fray for a 9-0 run en route to an 81-71 lead with 55.7 ticks left that shut the door close on the Elasto Painters.

Pringle, checked almost the entire game, finished with 10 points. Mariano had 11 points and nine rebounds as LA Tenorio chimed in eight markers and eight assists on the night he reached 3,000 career dimes.

“I’ve said it before, he is our closer,” said head coach Tim Cone of the 33-year-old Pringle, a former scoring champion. “We put the ball on his hands down the stretch and we expect him to close for us.”

Japeth Aguilar led the Barangay with 23 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the field, along with 11 rebounds, an assist, and a block in nearly 35 minutes of play as he played his best game yet in the bubble.

“He has worked really hard, doing extra running. If you watch him in the gym, he is always on the treadmill trying to rebuild his cardio. We really needed Japeth to show up tonight and he did a tremendous job,” Cone lauded.

Ginebra is now headed to its 10th Philippine Cup semis in the last 11 seasons, awaiting the winner of the Meralco-San Miguel series that will be determined after the rubber match on Sunday, Nov. 15.

#ReadMore  Maddie Madayag on cloud nine after being named to SEA Games team

The Bolts, the team that the Gin Kings have beaten in three of the last four Governors’ Cup Finals, erased the reigning, five-time champs’ twice-to-beat edge following their 78-71 win earlier to force sudden death.

“It is always nice to know who you’re going to play because you can start the preparation. Now we got to split preparation,” Cone said. “One of our coaches has been following San Miguel, another one has been following Meralco.”

Meanwhile, veteran forward Mark Borboran had 13 points to lead the Elasto Painters, who failed to replicate the gritty 85-82 overtime win they had versus the league’s most popular team last Oct. 28.

The Scores:

Ginebra (81) – J. Aguilar 23, Caperal 11, Mariano 11, Pringle 10, Tenorio 8, Thompson 7, Dillinger 4, Devance 4, Chan 3, Salado 0, Tolentino 0, Dela Cruz 0, R. Aguilar 0, Caguioa 0, Balanza 0.

Rain or Shine (73) – Borboran 13, Mocon 12, Nambatac 10, Belga 9, Yap 8, Onwubere 6, Wong 6, Ponferada 5, Rosales 2, Arana 2, Norwood 0, Rivero 0, Tolentino 0, Doliguez 0, Torres 0.

Quarterscores: 20-22, 40-37, 59-55, 81-73.

Written By

Oftentimes on the sidelines. Forever a student of the game. Morayta-bred.

Tiebreaker Times Logo

You May Also Like


Caloy Garcia is simply grateful to be surrounded by some of the best minds in Philippine basketball, as he is among Gilas Pilipinas’ assistant...


With no D-League residency required for this year, a record 97 hopefuls applied for the upcoming 2021 PBA Rookie Draft. And the players came...


In draws held by the Asian Football Confederation’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Thursday, Kaya-Iloilo and United City learned their opponents for the next...

2020 Tokyo Olympics

House Deputy Speaker Mikee Romero is confident the Tokyo Olympics will push through this year and cited the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine for...


Brian Enriquez was supposed to go one-and-done for University of the East. But because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and with the University Athletic...

2021 FIBA Asia Cup

Despite the cancellation of Clark as host of the February window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers, the Gilas Pilipinas pool of players...

2021 FIBA Asia Cup

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has regrettably informed that it has cancelled the Philippines’ hosting of Groups A and C for the FIBA Asia...


Jaydee Tungcab received an opportunity of a lifetime last December. But just as it was given to him, it was also taken away by...