PBA: Ginebra KOs Meralco in Game 6, retains Governors’ Cup title

(UPDATED) Barangay Ginebra dished out another “never say die” performance Friday night to close out Meralco in 6 games and capture a 4th PBA Governors’ Cup title in 6 seasons before 20,224 spectators at Mall of Asia Arena.
LA Tenorio dished out a vintage performance while Justin Brownlee flipped the switch in the last two quarters for a massive push en route to a stunning 103-92 victory.
The Gin Kings ended the best-of-7 series, 4-3.

Tenorio scored 30 points to go with 4 boards and 4 assists, while Brownlee, the conference’s best import, scored 17 of his 24 points in the third period.

Christian Stanhardinger added 19 markers, while Scottie Thompson scored 15 points and was named as the Finals Most Valuable Player.

Both squads engaged in intense action in the first half, where the Bolts limited Brownlee to just 2 points.

The veteran Ginebra import came to life in the third quarter, feeding the Kings with 17 points to create a 78-72 lead against Meralco.

The Bolts unloaded a couple of rallies in the pay-off period, but Tenorio and the Kings replied to deflate Meralco’s confidence.

Import Tony Bishop had 21 points while Aaron Black scored 18.

It was a sweet title win for the Kings who were plagued by injuries all throughout the conference. 

Despite missing the likes of Stanley Pringle, Aljun Mariano, and Japeth Aguilar, Ginebra still made the playoffs as the 6th seed before reaching the finals to meet perennial rival Meralco.

“Short rotation lang kami pero binigyan kami ni Lord ng lakas to be here again,” said Tenorio. “Hindi namin inexpect na mapupunta kami sa finals kasi nagstruggle kami.”

“I’d like to thank the Lord and the fans, Nagpapasalamat kami sa inyo. With the help of my teammates, nagtulungan talaga kami to get here para mag-champion.”

Brownlee, now a 5-time PBA champion and 4-time Governors’ Cup titlist, said this year’s victory is special.

“It’s special in a lot of ways, but this was special due to the pandemic. There’s a lot of things going and for us to comeback in the Philippines and win a championship is a great feeling,” said the 2-time best import awardee.

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