Justin Brownlee struggled offensively, but still came up with another tour-de-force performance as Ginebra turned back Blackwater, 101-93, in the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup on Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Brownlee notched his fourth triple-double in seven games this conference with 17 points on 8-of-22 shooting, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists as the Gin Kings rolled to a fourth straight victory and 5-2 record.
He hit some timely baskets when it mattered -- one of which was a layup when the Elite got within four in the closing minutes.
"Justin struggled from the field tonight. But he contributed in other ways," said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone after the match.
When Brownlee couldn't get into the flow, his teammates stepped up. LA Tenorio shot five 3s on his way to 20 points to go with 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Japeth Aguilar scored 18, while Stanley Pringle had 16 points.
Ginebra led by as many as 21 points, 72-51, before Blackwater staged a comeback in the fourth period to turn it into a tight game behind Mac Belo.
Belo scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth period while Rabeh Al-Hussaini hit a couple of 3s. With the loss, the Elite remain in the cellar at 2-7.
Meanwhile, Cone didn't seem pleased with the way his team played in Wednesday's game. He is hopeful his squad will come out better when the Gin Kings face rival Meralco and Allen Durham in their next assignment.
"Now we got Meralco coming up on Sunday. One of the league leaders and they are really playing well. We gotta play a lot better than we played tonight to be able to compete with Meralco," Cone said.
Ginebra 101 - Tenorio 20, Aguilar 18, Brownlee 17, Pringle 16, Slaughter 11, Thompson 10, Dela Cruz 6, Chan 3, Caguioa 0, Mariano 0.
Blackwater 93 - Belo 19, Parks 14, Sumang 12, Cruz 11, Heruela 8, Blakely 8, Sena 6, Al-Hussaini 6, Desiderio 3, Canaleta 3, Tolomia 3.
Quarterscores: 29-17, 55-44, 77-64, 101-93.
- LA Tenorio recorded his 1000th triple and 800th steal in the first quarter according to PBA chief statistician Fide Mangonon. He became the seventh player overall to achieve both feats.
- Marqus Blakely and Joe Devance, former teammates at San Mig Coffee, swapped jerseys after the game.
Ginebra - vs Meralco on November 3 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum
Blackwater - vs San Miguel on November 6 at the Cuneta Astrodome