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Ginebra plays as Dragons-slayer, hands Bay Area bad beat

Japeth Aguilar soars for the jam. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASIG--The mighty Dragons of Hong Kong have been taken down.

Ginebra put an end to Bay Area's early domination in the PBA Commissioner's Cup through a 111-93 blowout on Sunday night at the PhilSports Arena.

Although they entered halftime leading, 50-48, the Gin Kings turned things around in the third quarter, outscoring the Dragons, 35-18, to pull away for good.

Justin Brownlee erupted for 46 points on 17-of-26 shooting, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two steals for Ginebra, which has now won back-to-back games after a tough conference-opening loss.

Jamie Malonzo added 17 points, six rebounds, one assist, and one block, while Christian Standhardinger put up 11 markers, 10 boards, two dimes, and two swipes while successfully containing Andrew Nicholson in the second half.

Nicholson, who played for the first time for Bay Area, led the team with 28 points, but he was held to just two points in the second half after going toe-to-toe with Brownlee in terms of scoring in the first half.

With Bay Area's defeat which dropped the team to 4-1, Magnolia (3-0) is now the only undefeated team left this conference.

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