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Hot Ginebra goes 4-0, cools off skidding Phoenix LPG

Stanley Pringle led Ginebra's charge anew. PBA Images
By Ricky Manliguis

MANILA--Barangay Ginebra registered its fourth straight win as it breezed past Phoenix Super LPG, 86-71, in Wednesday's second game of the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup at the AUF Sports Arena in Angeles City. 

Backed by a superb scoring gig from Stanley Pringle, the crowd darlings take a slice of the lead in the team standings alongside TNT Tropang Giga. 

The 4-0 record was also the franchise's best start since the 1986 Open Conference, with legendary Robert Jaworski then at the helm. 

What started out as a close game turned into a rout as Pringle led the charge in a 27-17 second quarter to grab a 47-36 halftime cushion. 

They continued the rampage in the second half, while limiting the second-best scoring team to less than 20 points in the next two quarters, and held on from there. 

Pringle finished the game with 20 points, including a 4-of-7 clip from three, aling with three rebounds and three assists.  Prince Caperal continued his sterling play in the bubble with 14 points. 

“Obviously, we played really good defense. I thought we played really well against Matthew Wright especially," said Ginebra coach Tim Cone.

Phoenix tasted its second consecutive loss to fall to an even 2-2 card. Jason Perkins and Wright issued 15 and 12 markers, respectively. 

The scores:

Barangay Ginebra 86 – Pringle 20, Caperal 14, J. Aguilar 13, Thompson 11, Tenorio 9, Devance 8, Tolentino 5, Mariano 4, Dillinger 2, Salado 0, Chan 0, R. Aguilar 0, Balanza 0.

Phoenix Super LPG 71 – Perkins 15, Wright 12, Chua 11, Intal 9, Heruela 7, Garcia 5, Jazul 5, Rios 3, Marcelo 2, Napoles 2, Gamboa 0, Reyes 0.

Quarters: 20-19; 47-36; 64-54; 86-71.

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