Towering Ginebra powers past Barako Bull, steps closer to twice-to-beat bonus · Sunday, January 12, 2014 · 7:56 pm
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Barangay Ginebra San Miguel got back on the winning track on Sunday with a 90-83 victory over Barako Bull at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Rookie center Greg Slaughter led the way with 14 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, three blocks, and two steals for the Gin Kings, who improved its pace-setting win-loss record in the PLDT Home DSL Philippine Cup to 10-2. More importantly, Ginebra got inside track on one of the top two seeds in the playoffs, which come with a twice-to-beat bonus in the quarterfinals.

Ginebra only has to win one of its two remaining assignments against GlobalPort on Friday and Talk ‘N Text on Sunday to get one of the coveted top seats.

Coming off a tough loss last week to the San Super Mixers, Ginebra started off strong, taking a double-digit advantage in the first half.

But Barako Bull came alive in the third period, outscoring the Gin Kings 30-17 to take a 68-60 spread heading into the final quarter.

“When they played zone defense, medyo dun na-rattle kami because we weren’t hitting our shots,” said Ginebra coach Ato Agustin.

The Gin Kings were down by 10 points, 70-60, before Emman Monfort’s three-pointer sparked a 15-5 run that tied the game.

Denok Miranda hit a three-point play to give Barako Bull a 78-75 edge, but Ginebra responded by with a 13-2 blast that put the game away.

Agustin credited Ginebra’s intensity on the defensive end for the fourth quarter rally. “Nag-start yung paghabol naming nung naging aggressive kami on defense,” said Agustin.

Mark Caguioa added 14 points for Ginebra, while Japeth Aguilar finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Ellis and LA Tenorio chipped in 11 apiece for the Gin Kings.

Miranda led Barako Bull with 16 points. JC Intal and Mick Pennisi added 15 points apiece for Barako Bull, which saw its two-game winning streak snapped as its record fell to 5-8.

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