Ginebra gets back at Changwon in pre-Govs Cup friendly

Ginebra bounced back against Changwon. Dennis Acosta
By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--Ginebra avenged its pre-PBA Governors' Cup friendly loss to Changwon with a 95-91 win in the tail end of their two-game series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday night.

Now with a good-sized crowd behind them unlike the last time they met on Friday at the Upper Deck in Pasig when the Sakers won, 100-90, the Barangay got back at their Korean foes in an LG-sponsored event known as the Asian Basketball Showdown 2.

However, Ginebra had to step up in crunch time as the team nearly blew a sizable lead and just held a one-point cushion, 82-81.

However, the Philippine side went on a 6-1 mini-run to open a six-point cushion, 88-82, with 2:36 to play.

Cady Lalanne kept Changwon in the game with back-to-back baskets that cut the lead down to two, 88-86, with 1:41 to go.

LA Tenorio then scored on a floater to give the Barangay a four-point cushion, 90-86, with 1:27 left.

Jeong Hee-Jae still kept the Sakers within reach as he nailed two free throws to bring the lead back to two again, and they had two chances to even retake the lead.

However, they botched their chances, and Stanley Pringle nailed a booming left corner three that gave Ginebra a five-point lead, 93-88, with 9.3 seconds left.

Kim Si-Rae completed a three-point play that pulled Changwon to within two again, 91-93, with 5.2 seconds left, but the team was unaware of the time left and only got to foul Tenorio with 0.9 second left.

Tenorio nailed both his free throws to finally ice the game.

Justin Brownlee led Ginebra, which also avenged its 2014 defeat to Changwon in the Asian Basketball Showdown 1, with 27 points, while Pringle and Tenorio each added 17.

Former Ginebra import Vernon Macklin put up 23 markers for Changwon, whose Philippine preseason tour continues on Wednesday against Meralco at the Meralco Gym in Pasig.

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