No stopping Ginebra as top seed cruises into semis with rout of Alaska

Rey Joble, InterAksyon.com · Saturday, January 25, 2014 · 6:44 pm
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After getting outplayed for the entire game in their first quarterfinal encounter, top seed Barangay Ginebra San Miguel made sure it wouldn’t be denied a second time in Saturday’s showdown with Alaska.

The Gin Kings jumped the gun on the Aces, scoring a whopping 39 points in the first period and never looking back to win, 108-95, and move into the semifinal round of the PLDT Home DSL PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Japeth Aguilar finished with a career-high 29 points, alongside 13 rebounds and five blocks, while LA Tenorio contributed 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Four other players finished in double figures – Chris Ellis (16), Baracael (12), Mark Caguioa (12) and Greg Slaughter (11).

Barangay Ginebra shot an outstanding 12-for-20 from the field and seven different players, led by Mac Baracael with nine markers, put points up on the board in the first quarter.

And while the Kings shot the lights out in the first 12 minutes, their defense was unforgiving, holding the Aces to just 35.7% shooting (5-for-14).

“Yung intensity namin napakataas,” said Ginebra coach Ato Agustin during the postgame interview.

“Of course, yung adjustment, napakaganda. Ang key rito, we were able to dictate the tempo, yun ang importante.”

The coach said that the franchise is no stranger to high-pressure situations and that having the crowd behind them was a huge advantage.

“Sanay ang Ginebra sa mga ganitong sitwasyon maski noong naglalaro pa ako,” he said.

“Of course, with the help of the fans, malaki rin naitulong nila. Parang home court na namin ito.”

Agustin said the desire to win was very much evident as early as Friday during the team’s practice.

“Kahapon pa sa practice, nakita ko na. Sabi ko nga, if we played the way we did in practice, we’re gonna win the game,” said Agustin.

“Kaya ayun, mas nadagdagan pa yung intensity namin ngayon.”

The scores:
Barangay Ginebra (108) – Aguilar 29, Tenorio 22, Ellis 16, Baracael 12, Caguioa 12, Slaughter 11, Helterbrand 5, Mamaril 1, Reyes 0, Monfort 0, Urbiztondo 0, Faundo 0.

Alaska (95) – Casio 16, Espinas 16, Jazul 14, Abueva 13, Thoss 13, Baguio 13, Hontiveros 6, Avenido 4, Dela Cruz 0, Eman 0.

Quarterscores: 39-21, 69-43, 86-62, 108-95.

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