Barangay Ginebra clinch Governors' Cup title

The Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings did not disappoint their NSD nation as they finished the title series at Game 5 vs. Meralco Bolts. Dennis Jerome Acosta
By Xy-Zha Cabanlong

PASAY CITY - The Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings proved once more that their "never say die" attitude leads them to greater heights as they trounced the Meralco Bolts, 105-93, to claim the PBA Governors' Cup title in 5 games.

Much to the delight of the Ginebra fans who flocked the Mall of Asia Arena on a Friday night, the Gin Kings gave everyone a heck of a show as Meralco fought their way to survive.

An expected highly intense and physical match up between the Bolts and the Gin Kings was a thriller from the first up until the end of the third period where both teams went on an exchange of baskets and a handful of lead changes.

The flagrant foul penalty 1 called on Cliff Hodge at the 4th period turned out to be the downfall of the fiesty Meralco squad as Ginebra were able to use the infraction to their advantage.

Japeth Aguilar scored flawlessly from the line from the foul, giving the Gin Kings an 88-84 advantage.

Not long after, Justin Brownlee sank a technical free throw as Allen Durham was called for a technical foul for second motion on Aljon Mariano's infraction.

But it was Scottie Thompson who was at the right place and at the right time, scoring a massive basket that gave Ginebra a 10-point lead, 96-86, with 2:45 left to play that changed the face of the game all the more.

As if it was not enough of a nightmare for Meralco, Thompson completed the 3-point play and Aguilar's prior shot had been counted upon official's review, making it a 99-86 lead for Ginebra.

Aguilar was the top scorer for the Gin Kings, finishing with 25 points. Durham led the scoring for the Bolts with 29 points.

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