MANILA, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra wrapped up a semi-final series against Magnolia with a 99-84 win on Wednesday to reach the PBA Commissioners Cup Final at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Gin Kings drew great performances from Justin Brownlee, Japeth Aguilar and imported LA Tenorio to complete a 3-1 series win and a trip to the 29th championship series in franchise history. Commerce.
Ginebra also promoted despite losing to Christian Standhardinger in the first six minutes of the competition due to Flagrant Foul 2 for throwing the ball at Nick Rakocevic. His elimination did not hinder Gin Kings, who took a 24 lead in the second half.
“I’m grateful we didn’t have to play Game 5,” said coach Tim Cone, who won a record-long 25th title against either Bay Area visitors or brother rival San Miguel Beer.
Brownlee, who may have bolstered his case for Best Import, had 24 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists while Aguilar stepped up in Standhardinger’s absence with 19 points and 8 hits. replay.
Tenorio added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Ginebra.
Magnolia was eliminated in the third consecutive semi-final after another disappointing finish for the team that had started the convention strong, but had lost four of their five encounters against “Manila Clasico”.
Calvin Abueva scored 14 points while Rakocevic scored 13 points and 13 bounces for the Hotshots.
Paul Lee saw heavy minutes of play after missing a large portion of Game 3 due to fever and headache and feeling almost nothing with 9 points and 3 assists.
GINEBRA 99 — Brownlee 24, Aguilar J. 19, Tenorio 18, Thompson 14, Malonzo 10, Pringle 5, Gray 3, Pinto 3, Mariano 2, Standhardinger 1, Pessumal 0, Aguilar R. 0.
MAGNOLIA 84 — Abueva 14, Rakocevic 13, Jalalon 12, Lee 9, Reavis 8, Barroca 7, Ahanmisi 6, Sangalang 6, Dionisio 4, Wong 3, Corpuz 2, Dela Rosa 0, Mendoza 0.
Rounds: 29-18, 53-41, 82-68, 99-84.
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