Ginebra grabs Game 2 win and 2-0 lead

Barangay Ginebra unloaded a big finishing kick in the endgame to win, 86-76, in Game 2 for the Philippine Basketball Association’s (PBA) Governors Cup last October 15 (Manila time) at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Japeth Aguilar fights for the rebound in one of the actions during Game 2 where the Kings won. (Photo courtesy of:

The victory gave the Gin Kings a commanding 2-0 lead over the Meralco Bolts in their best-of-seven affair for the season ending tournament.

LA Tenorio capped a 17-1 run, coming back from a double digit deficit early in the game, with a triple from way downtown in front of another sellout crowd.

Tenorio scored 10 of this 14 points in the payoff period.

Import Justin Brownlee completed an all-around performance tallying 19 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and seven assists, one of which resulted in Tenorio’s dagger triple.

Japeth Aguilar added 16 points and eight rebounds while Joe Devance finished with 10 markers, six boards, an assist and a block shot.

Best Player of the Conference awardee Greg Slaughter had an off night just contributing 3 points.

Bolts’ Allen Durham, who was awarded Best Import before tipoff, delivered another monster performance registering 25 points, 22 rebounds, seven assists, and two snatches.

Baser Amer and Ranidel de Ocampo added 10 points each for Meralco.


The scores:

Barangay Ginebra (86) – Brownlee 19, Aguilar 16, Tenorio 14, Devance 10, Thompson 9, Mercado 6, Caguioa 6, Ferrer 3, Slaughter 3.

Meralco (76) – Durham 25, Amer 10, De Ocampo 10, Hodge 9, Newsome 8, Lanete 6, Dillinger 5, Tolomia 3, Caram 0, Hugnatan 0.

Quarterscores: 18-24, 40-37, 57-62, 86-76


Game highlights:



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 Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.

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