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Ginebra banks on late run to near PBA Govs' Cup title

Justin Brownlee exploded for 40 points. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY—Just when Meralco made a late threat, Ginebra responded just in time.

The Gin Kings restored order in the endgame and moved to within a win from claiming the PBA Governors' Cup title through a 115-110 Game 5 win against the Bolts on Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Up by as much as 14 thanks to a record-matching three-point shooting, Ginebra found itself on the verge of still blowing the game up after Meralco crawled back to within one, 97-98, with 4:28 remaining.

But the Gin Kings found their rhythm back right after a time out with a game-deciding 7-0 run, back-to-back jumpers from Christian Standhardinger and a clutch triple from Scottie Thompson that upped the lead back to eight, 105-97, with 2:16 to play.

Both teams just resorted to exchanging shots in the end.

Justin Brownlee fired 40 on 13-of-17 shooting including 5-for-7 from beyond the arc, 11 rebounds, five assists, one steal, and two blocks for Ginebra, which can close out the series on Wednesday night back at "The Big Dome".

Thompson added 19 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds, one steal, and one block.

Both players accounted for half of the team's 16 triples, tying a franchise record.

Tony Bishop, who was held scoreless in the first quarter, took over in the endgame for Meralco and finished with 30 markers, 15 boards, four dimes, and three takeaways.

Chris Newsome added 27 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals, while Aaron Black chipped on 25 points, one rebound, five assists, one steal, and one block.

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