Ginebra 115 – TNT 105, Ginebra wins the series 3-1
Barangay Ginebra came back from a huge third quarter deficit to beat the TNT KaTropa and set up a rematch of last year’s Governor’s Cup Finals. Ginebra used a huge fourth quarter run to pull away with the series clinching win.
The KaTropa looked like they were well on their way to tying the series and forcing a rubber match. TNT looked energized to start the game as they executed on both ends of the floor. They were forcing turnovers and running hard to finish easy fast break baskets. TNT was also on fire from beyond the arc as Anthony Semerad, Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario all hit three-pointers in the first period. The Ka-Tropa went on a 14-2 run to build up their three-point lead into a 15-point bubble. TNT held a 35-23 lead in the first quarter when disaster struck.
Glen Rice Jr. and Kevin Ferrer were involved in a confrontation near the end of the first quarter. Rice Jr. shoved Ferrer and then threw the ball in the direction of the downed Ginebra player. Because of that, Rice Jr. was called for a flagrant foul for shoving Ferrer and then assessed a technical foul for throwing the ball. Those two calls meant Rice Jr. was thrown out of the game and TNT had to fend off Ginebra with an All-Filipino crew.
TNT looked like they had enough firepower to keep their big lead. Rosario and Castro kept the KaTropa afloat in the second period as they continued to play with high energy and effort. The KaTropa wer able to build up their 14-point halftime lead into an 18-point cushion early in the third quarter. But LA Tenorio and Justin Brownlee immediately answered back with a run of their own. Tenorio and Brownlee each hit a three-pointer as Ginebra went on a 10-0 run to cut the TNT lead down to single digits.
Brownlee and Tenorio continued to play big. Brownlee scored on an and-one floater and a dunk while Tenorio hit a high-looping three-pointer to get Ginebra to within three points, 77-80. The momentum clearly shifted Ginebra’s way even if TNT still held on to the lead. In the fourth quarter, it was all Ginebra. Mark Caguioa hit a baseline floater to give Ginebra their first lead since the first quarter. Brownlee and Tenorio continued to pour on the points as they led Ginebra on a 10-0 run to give them a 10-point lead. Ginebra wouldn’t let go of that lead until the end.