- Barangay Ginebra defeated Global Port, 93-81
- The Gin Kings won despite losing their import Paul Harris in the third quarter
- Japeth Aguilar scored 21 points for the Ginebra team
Despite losing star import Paul Harris to injury, the local players of Barangay Ginebra managed to stand their ground, beating Global Port, 93-81, at the MOA Arena, Pasay City on Saturday for the second day of the exciting PBA 2016 Governors’ Cup.
Chris Ellis, Japeth Aguilar and Sol Mercado all delivered solid performances down the stretch to overcome the great performances of Batang Pier’s Stanley Pringle, Terrence Romeo and Dominique Sutton.
The Gin Kings is off to a great start for the new conference but the future of Harris is still in question after the import broke his thumb late in the third quarter of the competitive match. He still managed to score 14 points, grab 10 rebounds, give two assists and block two shots in the game for Ginebra.
Aguilar also gave the Gin Kings a big boost, scoring 21 big points from the bench. Ellis and Mercado combined for 22 points off the bench, scoring some key points in the fourth quarter.
For the Global Port Batang Pier, Pringle had 26 points, six rebounds, and three assists, followed by Sutton with 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Romeo with 15 points, three steals, two rebounds and two assists.
The Batang Pier was in the lead at halftime but the Ginebra Gin Kings performed stronger in the third and fourth quarters despite losing their import.
The next game for Global Port is on July 20, against the Mahindra Enforcers at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Gin Kings’ next game is on Sunday next week, July 24, against the tough Alaska Aces, also at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
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