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PBA: Ginebra dumps Kia

Games Tomorrow
(Smart Araneta Coliseum)
4:15 p.m. – Alaska vs TNT KaTropa
7 p.m. – San Miguel vs Star

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is slowly getting comfortable playing under coach Tim Cone’s trademark ‘triangle offense’ after clobbering Kia, 120-99, yesterday in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Import Justin Brownlee had 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, Greg Slaughter produced 18 points, six rebounds and five assists and Mark Caguioa scored 16 points in 13 minutes as Ginebra cruised to victory after leading by a high of 34 points during garbage time.

Ginebra's Mark Caguioa goes for a layup against Kia's Reden Celda during the PBA Governors' Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum, August 2, 2017 (Rio Leonelle Deluvio)

Ginebra’s Mark Caguioa goes for a layup against Kia’s Reden Celda during the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum, August 2, 2017 (Rio Leonelle Deluvio)

After losing to Meralco in its opening assignment, Ginebra won back-to-back games after dishing out 39 assists using the Cone’s signature offense scheme which he veered away in previous conferences to implement a more uptempo style.

“The triangle is helping us with our ball movement and our tempo, and that’s really the key,” said Cone.

Scottie Thompson accounted for nearly a third of the team’s assists, dishing out 10 in 28 minutes of action.

Benefiting from some of those passes was Slaughter, who seems to be getting better and comfortable after his third game since missing for almost a year due to a knee injury.

Ginebra’s wire-to-wire win over Kia served as a warmup for Saturday’s game against NLEX in Calasiao, Pangasinan.

The Petron Saturday Special will see Ginebra facing an NLEX team that started the conference with four consecutive victories and the early lead.

Rookie guard Reden Celda scored 21 points but Kia’s frustration continued after losing its fourth straight.

Import Markeith Cummings had his worst game in a Picanto, going 6-of-20 from the field despite 14 points while committing five turnovers.

Caguioa scored 10 of his 16 during a 12-0 run bridging the third and fourth periods to give Ginebra its largest lead at 98-64, 9:33 remaining in the contest.

First Game
GINEBRA 120 – Brownlee 26, Slaughter 18, Caguioa 16, Tenorio 10, Aguilar 9, Ferrer 9, Taha 8, Ellis 8, Cruz 6, Thompson 4, Devance 4, Jamito 2, Marcelo 0, Helterbrand 0, Mariano 0.

KIA 99 – Celda 21, Khobuntin 16, Cummings 14, Revilla 9, Paniamogan 7, Corpuz 7, Nimes 6, Ballesteros 6, Camson 6, Yee 5, Elorde 2, Jaime 0, Salva 0, Deutchman 0, Galanza 0.

Quarters: 33-18, 58-43, 92-64, 120-99.

Second Game:
SAN MIGUEL 97 – Fajardo 27, McKines 22, Lassiter 16, Cabagnot 15, Santos 7, Ross 5, Heruela 5, Espinas 0, Rosser 0.
TNT 91 – Craig 16, Castro 14, Pogoy 10, Tautuaa 10, De Ocampo 10, Williams 8, Garcia 8, Semerad 6, Rosario 5, Carey 4, Hernandez 0.

Quarters: 17-24, 40-40, 66-65, 97-91.