Chan struggles in debut, but Ginebra prevails over Columbian

Chan struggles in debut, but Ginebra prevails over Columbian

Despite being error-prone, Justin Brownlee put up good stats for Ginebra. PBA Media Bureau

By Ivan Saldajeno

LOS BAÑOS--Jeff Chan did not have a good debut for Ginebra.

No problem!

The Barangay turned to an impressive shooting to blast the Columbian Dyip, 134-107, in their PBA Commissioner's Cup battle at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Wednesday night.

Behind a fluid offense especially in the last three quarters, Ginebra never wavered despite a good start by Columbian and turned the match into a rout.

Justin Brownlee led the Barangay, who forced a three-way tie with the Magnolia Hotshots and the GlobalPort Batang Pier, who lost earlier Wednesday to the Phoenix Fuel Masters, with 24 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, and three steals.

Japeth Aguilar chipped in 19 markers, seven boards, and one dime, and Kevin Ferrer added 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting, two rebounds, and one assist off the bench.

LA Tenorio had his own double-double of 16 points and 10 assists with three rebounds and three steals, while Scottie Thompson even had a triple-double of 12 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists off the bench.

In his first game with his new team, Chan made four points, all on free throws, three rebounds, two assists, and one steal.

John Fields made 30 markers, 16 caroms, five dimes, two swipes, and one block for the Dyip, who have now lost four of their last five games following a promising 3-2 start and now slipped to a tie for ninth place with the Fuel Masters.

The scores:

Ginebra 134 - Brownlee 24, Aguilar 19, Ferrer 18, Tenorio 16, Thompson 12, Slaughter 10, Caguioa 8, Mercado 7, Devance 5, Mariano 5, Chan 4, Cruz 4, Caperal 2, Manuel 0.

Columbian 107 - Fields 30, McCarthy 17, Tubid 15, Khobuntin 14, King 14, Escoto 11, Corpuz 2, Ababou 2, Celda 2, Camson 0, Celda 0, Sara 0, Cahilig 0.

Quarters: 30-29, 62-49, 97-76, 134-107

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