Ginebra makes it seven in a row; Alaska stays alive

Barangay Ginebra continued it winning ways by edging gritty Blackwater Elite, 98-81, to notch its seventh win in a row in the ongoing Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governor’s Cup eliminations at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City last September 8 (Manila time).

Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter towering over the sea of red. (Photo courtesy of: rappler.com)

Blackwater, through the inspiring play and leadership of import Henry Walker, threatened to pull a monumental upset against the league leaders up to halfway of the final period.

But Ginebra dropped a big run that broke the Elite’s hopes led by bigman Greg Slaughter, who lead the winners with 22 points and eight rebounds.

The Gin Kings improved to 7-1 while the Elite suffered their fifth loss in nine outings.

Import Justin Brownlee added 17 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, four blocks and a steal in 40 minutes of play for Ginebra, while guard LA Tenorio chipped in 16 points, five assists, three boards, two steals and a block.

Walker paced the Elite with 26 points, highlighted by six three-pointers most of which were mad in the first half of the game, 17 rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block.

In the first game, the Alaska Aces again will live another day by surpassing an undermanned GlobalPort Batang Pier, 101-88, to keep their quarterfinal hopes alive.

Alaska’s JV Casio drives into the lane against GlobalPort’s Billy Mamaril. (Photo courtesy of: rappler.com)

The Aces, still in awe with their breakthrough win against the San Miguel Beermen last September 2, gained a breakaway in the latter part of the match to seal their second straight win following a 14-game losing streak dating back to the Commissioner’s Cup.

GlobalPort missed the services of Stanley Pringle, who is mourning the passing of his father in the United States, and the limited production of spitfire guard Terrence Romeo.

LaDontae Henton led Alaska with 36 points, 21 boards and four dishes and while forward Calvin Abueva added 12 markers.

Murphy Holloway scored 25 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and three steals in a losing effort.

 

The scores:

First game:

Alaska (101) – Henton 36, Abueva 12, Casio 11, Thoss 10, Baclao 8, Racal 7, Encisio 7, Exciminiano 6, Banchero 2, Pascual 2, Mendoza 0, Cruz 0.

GlobalPort (88) – Holloway 25, Anthony 19, Cardona 12, Guinto 10, Cortez 9, Romeo 5, Arana 4, Grey 2, Baracael 2, Celiz 0, Paredes 0.

Quarterscores: 26-18, 46-45, 67-67, 101-88.

 

Second game:

Ginebra (98) – Slaughter 22, Brownlee 17, Tenorio 16, Devance 15, Aguilar 10, Ferrer 7, Caguioa 6, Thompson 4, Mercado 1.

Blackwater (81) – Walker 26, Digregorio 12, Sumang 12, Pinto 8, Erram 6, Canaleta 6, Gamalinda 5, Marcelo 4, Sena 2, Belo 0.

Quarterscores: 23-24, 45-48, 69-71, 98-81.

 

 

Game highlights:

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Second game:

 

 

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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