There was no rewriting the PBA Governors’ Cup narrative this 12 months.
LA Tenorio and Justin Brownlee made positive of that—a lot to Tim Cone’s nice shock.
“Am I shocked? Yes. I am shocked that we are here,” the Grand Slam coach mentioned on Friday night time, after Tenorio fired 30 factors and Brownlee canned 17 of his 24 factors within the third interval to steer Barangay Ginebra previous Meralco, 103-92, in Game 6 of their championship showdown.
The Gin Kings closed out the Bolts, 4-2, within the best-of-seven sequence.
“It’s a little bit shocking at this point for us because we were so far down at one point. I mean, we had really reached the bottom of the barrel,” Cone mentioned.
The American coach, who hiked his league-leading trophy whole to 24, was referring to the truth that at one level within the convention, the Gin Kings wanted a key victory of their final elimination spherical sport simply to make the playoffs.
And if there was ever an opportunity that Meralco would redo the season-ending script, it was this 12 months.
“But, you know, ‘never say die.’ We’re a team that doesn’t quit,” mentioned Cone, whose workforce misplaced two of the primary three video games within the sequence.
“We have that legacy, and it’s always an honor and a curse to try to live up to that all the time because it’s really hard to live up to,” he added. “But these guys have been finding ways to do that.”
And due to that, the Bolts have now misplaced 4 Governors’ Cup title showdowns towards the Gin Kings.
Tenorio had 15 factors within the first half and, after Brownlee and Scottie Thompson engineered a robust third quarter, delivered the back-breaking triple that gave Barangay Ginebra a 101-88 lead.
“[W]e went on that little mini-run, and that kinda changed the complexion of the game,” Cone mentioned.
After a good first half that had each groups all sq., it was the Kings that got here out of the break energized. Brownlee helped forge a 78-73 unfold getting into the fourth earlier than Ginebra uncorked 11 straight factors that gave it a 96-80 unfold.
Brownlee added 16 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and two steals because the Kings nailed their 14th franchise crown. Tenorio, in the meantime, connected 4 rebounds and 4 assists to his finest scoring output within the sequence—which couldn’t have come at a greater time.
“It’s in games like this that my instinct kicks in,” Tenorio mentioned. “In games like this, it’s no longer about Xs and Os. It’s about making in-game adjustments and reading how the game is playing out.”
Thompson, who completed with 15 factors and three steals, was named Finals Most Valuable Player. Christian Standhardinger, who with Tenorio stored Ginebra afloat within the first half when Brownlee fired blanks, added 19 factors and 13 rebounds.
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