Ginebra wins finals opener

Barangay Ginebra opened the Philippine Basketball Association’s (PBA) Governors Cup finals with a 102-87 victory over the Meralco Bolts at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City last October 13 (Manila time).

Japeth Aguilar soars high for a dunk during the first half of Game One of the PBA Governors Cup finals. (Photo courtesy of:

Kings’ reinforcement Justin Brownlee exploded for 32 points and 19 rebounds and adding six assists in a complete dominance from the get go to lead Ginebra and take Game One of the best-of-seven affair.

Forward Japeth Aguilar chipped in 15 points, four rebounds and three blocks while center Greg Slaughter, playing his first official finals since entering the league, registered 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots.

Kevin Ferrer added firepower by hitting timely baskets from beyond the arc and holding the Bolts rally at bay as he finished with 11 points while guard LA Tenorio provided all around court leadership finished with 10 points and five assists.

Ginebra outrebounded Meralco, 60-40, due to the twin tower combination of Aguilar and Slaughter, and limiting the Bolts to just 50 percent from the field in 44-of-86 shooting.

Best Import frontrunner Allen Durham carried the fight for the Bolts, pumping and all-around game with 27 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block.

Guards Baser Amer and Mike Tolomia added 14 and 10 points respectively in a losing effort.



Barangay Ginebra (102) – Brownlee 32, Aguilar J. 15, Slaughter 14, Ferrer 11, Tenorio 10, Devance 9, Mercado 7, Caguioa 2, Thompson 2, Taha 0, Aguilar R. 0, Mariano 0.

Meralco (87) – Durham 27, Amer 14, Tolomia 10, De Ocampo 8, Hodge 8, Dillinger 6, Lanete 6, Newsome 6, Hugnatan 2, Caram 0.

Quarterscores: 29-18, 49-35, 77-71, 102-87


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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 Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.

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