Aguilar, Brownlee lead Ginebra to Governors' Cup championship

Ginebra closes out Meralco in Game 5 (3:24)

Japeth Aguilar scored 25 points to lead Barangay Ginebra to the PBA Governors' Cup title with a 105-93 drubbing of the Meralco Bolts in Game 5. (3:24)

Barangay Ginebra rode Japeth Aguilar's dominant performance to clinch the PBA Governors' Cup title with a 105-93 drubbing of the Meralco Bolts Friday.

Aguilar posted 25 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks, including 13 points in the final period. He capped off the night with several rim-rattling dunks in front of 17,378 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Aguilar was unanimously selected for his first Honda-PBA Press Corps Finals MVP after averaging 17.4 points on 56 percent shooting, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.4 blocks. With his dominant interior presence on both ends of the floor, he managed to pass Alvin Patrimonio, Abe King, and Poch Juinio to become the 12th-leading shot blocker in the 44-year history of the league.

Justin Brownlee finished with all-around statistics of 24 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists, winning his fourth title with the Kings, the third at the expense of Meralco.

Tim Cone also extended his run as the winningest coach in PBA history with his 22nd crown. It caps off a brilliant year for Cone, as he also steered Gilas Pilipinas to a gold medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

With the game tied at 77-all at the 8:46 mark, Brownlee led the charge on a 7-0 spurt to lead, 84-77.

The Bolts never gave up and cut the lead to two via a 7-2 run, 86-84, but the eventual champions shut the door by blasting a 19-9 run.

Meralco threatened a comeback, but Ginebra rose to the occasion every time to win their third Governors' Cup diadem in four seasons.

The Bolts led by as much as 14 points in the second quarter, 39-25, which whittled down to six by intermission, 46-40.

"I felt at halftime, when we were able to bring the lead down to six, that we had the chance to come back and win this basketball game," Cone said. "I just felt that we didn't play a very good first half."

Ginebra, with momentum and the support of the crowd going their way, bridged the gap to as low as one, 53-52, with about eight minutes to go in the third.

Durham responded with some timely baskets, which increased their advantage to seven, 59-52, but were not able to maintain the lead.

The Kings' offense then poured it on by going on a 14-1 run to go ahead, 66-60, with 2:30 left in the third canto.

Allen Durham led the Bolts with 27 points, 21 rebounds, and eight assists to boot. Baser Amer added 17 to the offense.

Stanley Pringle, who won his first championship, had 17 points, four rebounds, and eight assists for Ginebra.


  • GINEBRA (105) -- Aguilar 25, Brownlee 24, Pringle 17, Thompson 14, Tenorio 12, Mariano 6, Devance 3, Dela Cruz 2, Slaughter 2, Dillinger 0.

  • MERALCO (93) -- Durham 29, Amer 17, Newsome 13, Hodge 10, Quinto 9, Maliksi 9, Faundo 2, Pinto 2, Caram 2.

  • QUARTER SCORES: 19-26, 40-46, 70-64, 105-93.


  • Raymond Almazan (lateral meniscal tear) did not dress.

  • Allen Durham now holds the dubious record of having the most Best Import honors without a championship.