Barangay Ginebra exacted revenge as it handed NorthPort a harsh 113-88 beating to tie their 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series to a game apiece, Monday at SMART Araneta Coliseum.
The Gin Kings wasted no time and immediately overwhelmed the Batang Pier to redeem themselves from that humiliating 90-124 defeat they got in Game One two nights ago.
“A lot of playoff intensity this time,” said coach Tim Cone. “We just didn’t have it in the first game, they had it.”
The Barangay finished the first quarter with a 13-2 blitz — capped by Tenorio’s free throws — to turn a slim two-point lead to a wide 31-18 advantage heading into the second period.
That then opened the floodgates that left the Batang Pier gasping the rest of the way. The crowd darlings led by as many as 33, 85-52, following Aljon Mariano’s trey with 5:55 to go in the third.
“We did a better job of understanding what we want to do and executing what we want to do,” Cone said.
Six players scored in double figures for the Barangay, with Stanley Pringle leading the way with 23 points on an impressive 75-percent shooting, including 5-of-8 from downtown.
Tenorio had 20 points, Greg Slaughter had his best game this playoffs so far with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Justin Brownlee made 15 points on top of 10 boards and five assists.
Scottie Thompson had 13 points, six rebounds and the same number of dimes as Jeff Chan added 12 markers.
Import Michael Qualls led NorthPort with 20 points on 8-of-26 shooting from the field — this, after erupting for 38 big points on 46.7-percent shooting back in the series opener.
Game Three of the best-of-five affair is on Wednesday, December 18, 7 p.m. still at the Big Dome.
Ginebra 113 – Pringle 23, Tenorio 20, Slaughter 16, Brownlee 15, Thompson 13, Chan 12, Aguilar 6, Mariano 5, Dillinger 3, Sargent 0, Caperal 0, Teodoro 0, Dela Cruz 0.
NorthPort 88 – Qualls 20, Anthony 19, Standhardinger 10, Escoto 9, Cruz 8, Elorde 7, Taha 5, Lanete 5, King 3, Mercado 2, Ferrer 0.
Quarterscores: 31-18, 62-44, 94-70, 113-88.
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