MANILA – Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings reclaimed its lost throne as it hoisted the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup by finishing off Meralco Bolts in five nerve-wracking matches in the finals.
They have done the return mission after a 105-93 beating of the Meralco Bolts in Game 5 of the best-of-seven series showdown last night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Finals MVP Japeth Aguilar top-scored with 25 points to go along with six rebounds and four blocks, while Justin Brownlee added 24 markers and dished 10 assists for the Kings.
Stanley Pringle and LA Tenorio chipped in 17 and 12 markers, respectively, while Earl Scottie Thompson contributed 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Kings.
Last night’s silverware marked the 12th championship of the Ginebra franchise and third in the season-ending conference, while head coach Tim Cone extended further his championship count to 22.
It was not an easy victory for the Kings as they struggled in the opening half by as much as 14 points, but Brownlee and Aguilar rallied them to within 40-46 at halftime.
The Bolts were still clinging to the advantage early in the third, but a strong run by the Kings behind Thompson, Aguilar and Joe Devance gave them a 70-64 edge.
The lead was eventually lost by Ginebra in the fourth quarter at 77-all, but the persistent Brownlee, Pringle, Mariano and Aguilar went on all sorts of offense to front the King’s, 105-90.
Allen Durham finished with 29 points, 21 rebounds and eight assists, while Chris Newsome, Baser Amer and Clifford Hodge had 17, 13 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Bolts.
GINEBRA 105 — Aguilar 25, Brownlee 24, Pringle 17, Thompson 14, Tenorio 12, Mariano 6, Devance 3, Slaughter 2, Dela Cruz 2, Dillinger 0.
MERALCO 93 — Durham 29, Newsome 17, Amer 13, Hodge 10, Quinto 9, Maliksi 9, Pinto 2, Faundo 2, Caram 2, Salva 0.
Quarter scores: 19-26, 40-46, 70-64, 105-93./PN