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Ginebra pulls late comeback to take 2-0 Finals edge over Meralco

By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY—Two nights after wrecking havoc in Quezon Province, Ginebra showed that it has ice in its veins in Quezon City.

The Barangay are now 2-0 up in the PBA Governors' Cup Finals with an 8- win over the Meralco Bolts in Game 2 in front of 16,159 people at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night.

Ginebra waxed hot in crunch time, closing the game on a 17-1 run that overturned a 69-75 deficit.

Justin Brownlee came up big in the fourth quarter, firing eight of his 19 points in the final 12 minutes while also tallying 13 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals.

LA Tenorio also came up big down the stretch, scoring seven of his 14 points within the final 2:44 of the game.

Greg Slaughter, who was named the Best Player of the Conference earlier Sunday, struggled offensively, only making three points on 1-of-6 shooting, but his defense mattered as he blocked three shots.

Allen Durham showed why he deserves to be once again called the Best Import of the Conference after leading Meralco with 25 points, 22 boards, seven assists, and two steals, but he failed to deliver in the clutch.

Box Scores:

Ginebra 86-Brownlee 19, J. Aguilar 16, Tenorio 14, Devance 10, Thompson 9, Mercado 6, Caguioa 6, Slaughter 3, Ferrer 3

Meralco 76-Durham 25, Amer 10 De Ocampo 10, Hodge 9, Newsome 8, Lanete 6, Dillinger 5, Tolomia 3, Hugnatan 0, Caram 0

Quarterscores: 18-24, 40-37, 57-62, 86-76

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