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Ginebra snaps surprise slide with rout of Columbian

Greg Slaughter put up an impressive stat line for the Barangay. PBA Media Group
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Barangay Ginebra bounced back from an uncharacteristic two-game skid with a 97-85 rout of the Columbian Dyip in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Center in Antipolo on Saturday night.

Ginebra pulled the breakaway in the middle two periods.

The squad dropped 28 points in the second period before it limited Columbian to just 15 third quarter points.

Greg Slaughter led the Gin Kings, who are now in fourth place at 2-2, with 22 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, and one block.

Japeth Aguilar, on the other hand, had a near-perfect game in nearly 18 minutes of play, going 4-for-5 from the field and 3-for-3 from the foul line for 11 points with seven boards and two dimes before leaving the game with an ankle sprain.

“Our big guys handled the ball better,” Ginebra Coach Tim Cone said about his two beanpoles.

Joe Devance added 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, and one steal.

Kevin Ferrer chipped in 13 markers, six boards, three dimes, one swipe, and one block.

Scottie Thompson and Sol Mercado each had nine points with the former grabbing 14 rebounds for a near double-double alongside five assists.

Top draft pick CJ Perez dropped 25 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals for the Dyip, who fell to a five-way tie with the NLEX Road Warriors, the Meralco Bolts, the TNT KaTropa, and the San Miguel Beermen for fifth place at 2-3.

Jack Corpuz added 20 markers, six caroms, four dimes, and three steals, although he was 10-for-25 from the field.

The scores:

Ginebra 97 - Slaughter 22, Devance 15, Ferrer 13, Aguilar 11, Thompson 9, Mercado 9, Dela Cruz 7, Tenorio 5, Mariano 4, Chan 2, Caperal 0, Teodoro 0.

Columbian 85 - Perez 25, Corpuz 20, Camson 9, Khobuntin 7, Agovida 6, McCarthy 5, Reyes 5, Faundo 4, Gabriel 2, Calvo 2, Cahilig 0, Cabrera 0, Escoto 0.

Quarters: 27-24, 55-44, 76-59, 97-85.

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