Brownlee saves Ginebra; Mahindra wins; Star, GlobalPort changes imports

Justin Brownlee once again played the hero’s role in lifting Barangay Ginebra in a 103-102 win over the Alaska Aces to push its winning streak to five in the ongoing Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum last May 7 (Manila time).

Justin Brownlee goes up for two of his 37 points in a winning effort for Ginebra. (Photo courtesy of: philstar.com)

Brownlee converted a late three-point play that pushed the Kings into victory after they saw the Aces make a comeback and almost stole the game.

The Kings’ all-around import delivered a performance resulting with a game-high 37 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, four blocks and three steals.

Alaska was led by Cory Jefferson with 25 points while adding 18 rebounds and was instrumental in the Aces’ lead with a little over three minutes left in the match.

In the first game, the Mahindra Floodbuster with the help of two new acquisitions, edged Blackwater Elite, 96-87, to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Glenn Khobuntin and Eric Camson, whom the Floodbusters acquired from a trade with star Alex Mallari, made an immediate impact in the win to snap a five-game losing streak.

Guard Reden Celda and reinforcement Keith Wright scored 18 and 16 points respectively as Mahindra improved to 2-7 win-loss record tying their victims in the process.

Reden Celda shoots over an Elite defender in one of the action in which Mahindra won. (Photo courtesy of: philstar.com)

The Elite was paced by National Basketball Association (NBA) veteran Greg Smith, who finished the game with 29 points, 25 rebounds, six assists, and one block in 43 minutes in a losing effort.

In other news, the Star Hotshots and the GlobalPort Batang Pier will be changing reinforcements to bolster their campaign in the current conference.

The Hotshots will be bringing back Ricardo Ratliffe, Star’s import from last year’s Commissioner’s Cup, replacing the foul-prone Tony Mitchell.

Ratliffe, a 6-foot-8 American forward, averaged 27.5 points, 18.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 blocks in eight games.

The Star import will be making his return on May 10 (Manila time) against the TNT KaTropa at the Mall of Asia Arena.

GlobalPort will be making its third import change in bringing NBA veteran Justin Harper.

Harper had stints with the Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons and the Philadelphia 76ers and will be having his debut in the first game of the May 10 matchup against the playoff bound Meralco Bolts.

 

The scores:

Mahindra (96) – Celda 18, Wright 16, Khobuntin 15, Camson 9, Paniamogan 8, Corpuz 8, Caperal 6, Revilla 4, Ballesteros 4, Teng 3, Yee 3, Salva 2, Elorde 0.

Blackwater (87) – Smith 29, Canaleta 11, Pascual 11, Digregorio 9, Cruz 9, Sena 7, Sumang 4, Gamalinda 4, Aguilar 2, Banal 1, Buenafe 0, Pinto 0.

Quarterscores: 25-26, 48-48, 68-70, 96-87.

 

The scores:

Barangay Ginebra (103) – Brownlee 37, Devance 12, Tenorio 11, Thompson 11, Caguioa 10, Ferrer 6, Mercado 6, Ellis 6, Marcelo 4, Cruz 0.

Alaska (102) – Jefferson 25, Manuel 13, Casio 12, Thoss 9, Banchero 9, Hontiveros 9, Racal 8, Exciminiano 7, Enciso 6, Pascual 4, Andrada 0, Mendoza 0.

Quarterscores: 32-30, 57-56, 87-76, 103-102.

 

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Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris’ follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80’s and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Global Basketball is Aris’ second writing assignment besides Asia-basket.com. Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.

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