BIÑAN, Laguna -- Ginebra hardly broke a sweat in dealing Blackwater another loss, 105-91, in the 2018 Honda PBA Commissioner's Cup on Friday at the Alonte Sports Arena.
The Gin Kings took the fight out of the beleaguered Elite in the second quarter and sustained their pace until the final buzzer to chalk up their first victory following a 0-2 start.
While Ginebra had a breakthrough, Blackwater continued to struggle as it absorbed its fifth loss in as many matches.
Friday's loss also spoiled the debut of Blackwater's Paul Zamar, who finally got his act to the PBA after spending the last six years playing overseas.
Kevin Ferrer topscored for Ginebra with 21 points, including back-to-back triples in the waning seconds of the third quarter that gave the Gin Kings an 87-65 buffer.
The sweet-shooting forward also had five rebounds, three assists, a steal, and a block in almost 19 minutes of play.
Garcia finished with 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and the same number of blocks, while Japeth Aguilar had 13 markers.
Ginebra also got a boost with the return of 7-foot behemoth Greg Slaughter, who chipped in 12 points, six rebounds, and two assists while logging almost 25 minutes.
"Well we went out there with a big lineup. We were not quite sure if it's gonna work for us but it got us play well together. We got great shooting tonight from Kevin which makes a big difference. When you shoot the ball well, it makes the game a lot easier," said Ginebra coach Tim Cone.
Jarrid Famous paced the Elite with team-high 25 points and 17 rebounds. After dropping 14 in the third period, the hulking reinforcement wound up scoreless in the final frame.
Roi Sumang added 18 points, seven assists, and three steals, while Zamar had 15 markers including 12 in the fourth quarter.
GINEBRA 105 - Ferrer 21, Garcia 18, J. Aguilar 13, Slaughter 12, Thompson 11, Tenorio 10, Caguioa 8, Mercado 8, R. Aguilar 2, Devance 2, Caperal 0, Manuel 0, Mariano 0, Taha 0.
BLACKWATER 91 - Famous 25, Sumang 18, Zamar 15, Maliksi 10, Erram 8, DiGregorio 7, Belo 4, Marcelo 2, Palma 2, Cruz 0, Jose 0, Pinto 0, Sena 0.
Quarterscores: 32-27, 64-41, 87-65, 105-91.
Paul Zamar played his first game in the PBA against, incidentally, Ginebra, the team that drafted him six years ago.
Greg Slaughter returned after missing the playoffs of the Philippine Cup and the first two games of the team this conference due to a severe ankle injury. Jervy Cruz, though, sat out the game due to an injury.
Things got chippy between Mac Belo and Slaughter with 1:19 remaining in the third quarter. Belo, known for his reticence, got a technical foul for second motion.
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