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Ginebra storms past Meralco to retake Governors' Cup Finals lead

Justin Brownlee flirted with a triple-double for the Barangay. PBA Media Group
By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--Ginebra took advantage of the absence of Raymond Almazan and repulsed Meralco, 92-84, in Game 3 of the PBA Governors' Cup Finals in front of 16,001 fans at the Smart Araneta Coliseum here on Sunday night.

After the Bolts made things interesting late in the first half, or after Raymond Almazan was brought out of the game due to a left knee injury, the Barangay broke loose in the third quarter, outscoring the Bolts, 35-16, to take a 78-58 lead entering the fourth period.

Meralco still tried to come back, cutting the lead down to five, 87-82, with 2:04 remaining, but a booming triple from LA Tenorio and a dagger layup from Japeth Aguilar sealed the deal for Ginebra.

Justin Brownlee led the Barangay, who are now 2-1 up in the best-of-seven series, with 24 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, and one steal.

Aguilar added 23 points, four rebounds, and seven blocks, while Stanley Pringle chipped in 21 markers, five boards, and four dimes.

Chris Newsome led Meralco with 24 points, but he was held to just four points in the second half, all coming late in the contest when the team tried one more comeback bid. Allen Durham added 23 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, and one block.

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