Ginebra wins 3rd straight, frustrates NorthPort 104-98
September 5, 2018 – Araneta Coliseum
By Rock Punzalan
PBA News 2018: Barangay Ginebra won its’ 3rd straight, to frustrate the rejuvenated NorthPort Batang Pier, 104-98, in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup this Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. Justin Brownlee once again led the spirited Gin Kings run with his 27 points, 8 dimes and 8 boards, while Japeth Aguilar added 23 buckets and 9 caroms.
➤ Four Ginebra players finished in double digits as Brownlee and Aguilar, as well LA Tenorio and Greg Slaughter, led the points haul. Tenorio ended-up with 18 buckets and 5 steals, as well as Greg Slaughter who dropped 18 markers and 9 rebounds.
➤ Batang Pier was gearing-up for an upset over Ginebra who wasted a 19-point lead in the third. NorthPort even narrowed the gap to within 3 points with almost a minute remaining in the ballgame. Averting disaster, Aguilar registered timely clutch conversions as he nailed 4 straight points to lead the Kings to victory.
➤ NorthPort was ably led by Stanley Pringle, who just returned from the Asian Games, with his monstrous 34 points and 7 assists. Import Rashaw Wood also added 28 buckets, 11 caroms and 6 dimes.
➤ Curiously, center Greg Slaughter tweaked his ankle and did not come back to finish the ballgame for Ginebra. Meanwhile, Sean Anthony returned to the Batang Pier fold after being sidelined by injury.
➤ Ginebra is now 3-0 in the Governors’ Cup, while Batang Pier is still win-less at 0-4.