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PBA: Ginebra win streak continues

by Jonas Terrado

Justin Brownlee (MB photo | Rio Leonelle Deluvio)

Justin Brownlee (MB photo | Rio Leonelle Deluvio)

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel extended its winning streak to four games Sunday night after cruising past Alaska, 105-86, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Ginebra leaned on a 68-percent shooting in the first half to claim a relatively easy victory that put coach Tim Cone’s charges in a tie for sixth place with GlobalPort at 5-5 going into the league’s 11-day break.

“I was surprised by what happened in that first half,” said Cone. “We had a really good groove, I don’t know why, I don’t know what we’re doing that making us play as good as we are, but it’s working.”

Import Justin Brownlee registered 28 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, LA Tenorio had 12 points and Sol Mercado and Japeth Aguilar added 10 points apiece for Ginebra, which led by a high of 33 in the second half.

Vic Manuel scored 20 points for his ninth straight game of at least 20 but Alaska absorbed its second straight defeat but to fall in a share of second with TNT KaTropa at 7-3.

GINEBRA 105 – Brownlee 28, Tenorio 12, Aguilar J. 10, Mercado 10, Devance 7, Slaughter 7, Thompson 6, Caperal 6, Ferrer 6, Mariano 5, Chan 4, Aguilar R. 3, Cruz 1, Manuel 0, Caguioa 0.

ALASKA 86 – Manuel 20, Pascual J. 11, Pascual R. 7, Galliguez 7, Campbell 6, Banchero 6, Potts 6, Casio 5, Baclao 4, Enciso 4, Racal 3, Exciminiano 2, Magat 1, Thoss 0.

Quarters: 30-16; 63-38; 90-58; 105-86.