The Barangay Ginebra Kings put on a show and crushed the Magnolia Hotshots, 106-80, to advance to the semifinals of the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Ginebra completely pulled away after a 40-point surge in the third quarter, which ensured a sweep of the best-of-three Manila Clasico quarterfinal series.
"I think we just had a little bit too much firepower for them tonight," said Kings coach Tim Cone. "We didn't expect this but we were really determined tonight because we have not played well in Game 2's in the last couple of conferences against this team."
Justin Brownlee delivered 30 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and four steals in just three quarters. Japeth Aguilar went 8-for-9 from the field to finish with 18 points, to go with six rebounds, three assists, and two blocks.
Both teams opted to field in their bench personnel in the final period as the Kings' lead ballooned to up to 35 points.
Mark Caguioa made the most out of his time on the floor by making all five of his shot attempts to contribute 12 points.
"It was really on us to come out and make a difference. Even though we fell behind in the first minute or two, I still saw the intensity of the players and I was confident that we were going to put a good game together," added Cone.
Mark Barroca topped with 17 points and five assists for Magnolia, while Rakeem Christmas chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds.
The Hotshots wrapped up their campaign with a five-game skid.
Ginebra 106 - Brownlee 30, J. Aguilar 18, Tenorio 13, Caguioa 12, Pringle 11, Thompson 9, Devance 4, Slaughter 4, Teodoro 3, Mariano 2, Caperal 0, R. Aguilar 0.
Magnolia 80 - Barroca 17, Christmas 15, Sangalang 12, Jalalon 8, Reavis 8, Lee 5, Herndon 5, Dela Rosa 3, Abundo 3, Simon 2, Gamalinda 0, Ramos 0, Melton 0, Pascual 0.
Quarters: 24-23, 47-39, 87-60, 106-80
- Magnolia made a last-minute import change in the elimination round. James Farr, who had a 5-4 record, was replaced by Rakeem Christmas, who lost all three games including the last two in the quarterfinals.
- Magnolia and Ginebra met in the playoffs for the third straight conference. The Hotshots prevailed and eventually advanced to the championship in their first two encounters, winning it all the way in the last Governors' Cup. The Kings will try to replicate that feat as they aim to defend their title this conference.
- Ginebra will face the winner of the do-or-die game between TNT and Alaska on Wednesday.