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PBA: Ginebra recovers from Game 1 embarrassment to tie semifinal series


By Jonas Terrado

Game Tuesday
(Smart Araneta Coliseum)
7 p.m. — Meralco vs TNT KaTropa
(TNT leads series 1-0)

Game Wednesday
(Smart Araneta Coliseum)
7 p.m. — Ginebra vs NorthPort
(Series tied 1-1)

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel turned the tables on NorthPort and cruised to a 113-88 victory Monday night that tied at 1-1 their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Barangay Gienebra San Miguel's Justin Brownlee drives over NorthPort's Christian Standhardinger and Paolo Taha. (PBA Images)

Barangay Gienebra San Miguel’s Justin Brownlee drives over NorthPort’s Christian Standhardinger and Paolo Taha. (PBA Images)

Stanley Pringle and import Justin Brownlee provided their usual numbers but it was LA Tenorio and Greg Slaughter bounced back from being MIA the last time as Ginebra atoned for its 124-90 defeat in Saturday’s series opener.

Embarrassed with how his team lacked preparation in that disappointing setback, coach Tim Cone was glad to see Ginebra make a big counter.

“I thought we came out and play with a lot of playoff intensity this time,” said Cone. “We just didn’t have the playoff intensity in the first game. They had it. They were obviously the hungrier team coming out of the blocks.

“But I thought we showed the playoff intensity that we kinda expected in the first game,” he added.

With its rhythm back after Cone and several of his players dealing with the hangover from the Southeast Asian Games, Ginebra hopes to make it two in a row over NorthPort and take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five affair.

Game 3 is set Wednesday night at the same venue.

Pringle had 23 points, three rebounds, five assists and three steals while Brownlee posted 15 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Slaughter dominated the paint on his way to 16 points and nine rebounds even as Tenorio scored 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting.

Scottie Thompson and Jeff Chan also played key roles with 13 and 12 points, the former adding six rebounds, six assists and three steals.

Ginebra was able to neutralize NorthPort import Michael Qualls, who was scoreless until late in the second quarter when he drained a triple from the left side. He finished with a quiet output of 20 points.

The scores:

GINEBRA 113 — Pringle 23, Tenorio 20, Slaughter 16, Brownlee 15, Thompson 13, Chan 12, Aguilar 6, Mariano 5, Dillinger 3, Sargent 0, Caperal 0, Teodoro 0, Dela Cruz 0.

NORTHPORT 88 — Qualls 20, Anthony 19, Standhardinger 10, Escoto 9, Cruz 8, Elorde 7, Taha 5, Lanete 5, King 3, Mercado 2, Ferrer 0.

Quarters: 31-18; 62-44; 94-70; 113-88.

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