Even one of the bravest players who had been in power for years couldn't stop the raging Barangay Ginebra, who was now able to win the third PBA Governors Cup title within four years.
The Gin Kings were barely disturbed when the injured center Raymond Almazan played for Meralco and smashed the Bolts 94-72 in Game 4 of their championship series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday evening.
"We were very methodical tonight to tear them down on the offensive," said Ginebra coach Tim Cone, the two-time Grand Slam winner who is on the threshold of a 22nd PBA crown that by far the most Time in the league is history.
And just like the gin kings played on both ends of the floor, the only question seems to be when they will officially crown them. Ginebra shoots the first of three shots at the Crown in Game 5 on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Kings stepped on the gas in the second quarter and broke away from a defense-intensive deadlock at 14 in the first quarter to gain a 42:31 lead at half-time. Even stronger defense against Meralco importer Allen Durham.
“We did a great job against Durham. We scored nine points in the first half, ”said Cone. Only a few minutes after winning the third best import price, Durham started poorly from the gates. It is only the second import after the legendary Bobby Parks, after which the price is named, to win more than two best import trophies. However, Durham has not yet won a PBA title and his third crack is likely to be missing again. Christian Standhardinger of NorthPort blossoms after the trade that tore him out of the shadow of five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo from San Miguel Beer. scored his first best player in the conference prize.
Brownlee led Ginebra with 27 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, while Stanley Pringle threw 21. Thompson added 16. Almazan, who played with a ligament tear on his left knee, contributed 12 points, nine rebounds and a dose of inspiration. A Meralco crew who thought they had lost their starting center for the series after a serious fall at the start of Game 3. But this inspiration only lasted a quarter before Ginebra, as Meralco trainer Norman Black put it, “did pretty much everything they wanted to do [to us]. "
"We were beaten very, very badly for the second game in Hustle statistics," said Black.
Ginebra logged 13 blocks and seven steals against Meralco's nine and three.
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