Myles Powell goes clutch in return as Bay Area sends PBA Comm's Cup Finals vs. Ginebra to Game 7

Myles Powell delivered the ultimate silencer in the end. Dennis Acosta
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Myles Powell caught fire especially in the endgame of his return from a toe tendon injury as Bay Area escaped with an 87-84 win against Ginebra in Game 6 of the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals on Wednesday night in front of 22,361 fans at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Powell didn't mind playing off the bench in his comeback game and showed that he is back, leading the Dragons with 29 points, seven rebounds, and three assists, but it was his heroics down the stretch that mattered the most.

The six-foot-two combo guard took over for the guest team late in the contest, scoring the last six points that capped the deciding 9-2 run to steal the win.

He scored on back-to-back layups to put Bay Area ahead, 85-82, although Justin Brownlee responded with a layup of his own to keep Ginebra in the game.

The Gin Kings actually had a chance to at least force overtime as Powell missed his second free throw with seven seconds left, but they failed to grab the rebound and the ball landed on Powell's hands again.

Powell split his charities again with 5.4 seconds remaining to give some pressure on Ginebra.

Japeth Aguilar tried to equalize the game, but he missed a three-point attempt as time ran out.

Hayden Blankley added 23 points, seven rebounds, one assist, and three steals for Bay Area, which sent its finals series to a deciding Game 7.

Glen Yang and Ray-Ray Zhu each chipped in 10 points with Zhu also dishing out 10 assists for a double-double.

Brownlee's 37-point, 10-rebound, and 11-assist triple-double went down the drain as his layup was the only field goal Ginebra scored in the final six and a half minutes of the game.

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