Eager to bounce back from the opening-day loss to Columbian Dyip, the Alaska Aces looked well at the onset of Sunday's match against Ginebra as they zoomed to a 7-0 start.
Things, though, immediately went downhill from there.
Ginebra went on a tears shortly after, unleashing a 25-2 run to take a commanding 29-11 lead en route to a lopsided 102-83 win in the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
"That was unexpectedly a good start for us," said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone. "We moved the ball really really well tonight. We got a lot of open shots from our ball movement."
Cone thought Justin Brownlee didn't dominate Sunday's game, but the import's statline indicated otherwise.
Brownlee was at the forefront of Ginebra's attack, firing 30 points to go with 22 rebounds, four assists, and five steals. Greg Slaughter added 16 points and eight rebounds. Art Dela Cruz and Pringle had 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Gin Kings.
"It wasn't a Justin-dominant game. He played well, he always plays well. But Justin wasn't dominating. It was really team effort tonight," Cone said.
For a brief time in the fourth period, the Aces were able to get as close as 14 points, but Ginebra was quick to restore order. The Gin Kings scored four quick points before an LA Tenorio triple with 6:07 remaining brought the lead back to 20, 89-69.
Justin Watts finished with 22 points on a 9-of-24 shooting from the field for the Aces, who remained winless in two games in the season-ending conference.
Vic Manuel had 14 points and eight rebounds.
Ginebra 102 - Brownlee 30, Slaughter 16, Dela Cruz 12, Pringle 10, Tenorio 9, Thompson 9, Aguilar 8, Sargent 4, Chan 3, Mariano 1, Caperal 0, Teodoro 0, R. Aguilar 0, Caguioa 0.
Alaska 83 - Watts 22, Manuel 14, Tratter 9, Banchero 9, Enciso 8, Casio 8, Galliguez 6, Thoss 3, Pascual 2, Ayaay 2, Babilonia 0.
Quarterscores: 29-13, 52-32, 77-58, 102-83
- Tim Cone got the blessing of the team's management to coach the national team in the SEA Games. But Cone said he hasn't accepted the job since he doesn't know the details yet.
- Aguilar accidentally got poked in the eye by teammate Stanley Pringle after the latter drove to the basket in the fourth period. He was brought to the hospital before the game ended, according to Cone.
Ginebra - vs Phoenix on September 28 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum
Alaska - vs San Miguel Beermen on September 29 at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna