Ginebra remains perfect under Jeffrey Cariaso after grounding Air 21 · Tuesday, May 27, 2014 · 10:18 pm

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Barangay Ginebra San Miguel kept its unbeaten record in the PLDT Home Telpad Governors’ Cup after an 84-76 victory over the Air 21 Express on Tuesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The Gin Kings won their third straight assignment under new coach Jeffrey Cariaso to take the top spot in the standings. It was the first defeat for the Express, whose record fell to 2-1.

“It’s nice to be able to grind out a win,” said Cariaso, who moved over from the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers camp prior to the start of the tournament.

“Somehow, some way in the fourth quarter, you find a way to win.

“These are games where you grow and get better.”

Zaccheus Mason had 22 points, nine rebounds, and five assists while Greg Slaughter added 12 points and 15 rebounds, continuing their dominant play for the Gin Kings this conference.

Coming into the game, the Express were averaging 102 points in their two wins. The Gin Kings made Air 21 bleed for points, as the Express shot below 40 percent for the game.

Ginebra also caught a break with Air 21 main men Dominique Sutton and Asi Taulava firing blanks from the free throw line. Sutton shots just 2-of-9 while Taulava went 3-of-11, as their struggles took the wind out of the Express rally.

“That’s usually the first thing you look at when you lose a game,” said Cariaso. “Tonight we were fortunate they missed a few.”

The scores:

GINEBRA 84 – Mason 22, Slaughter 12, Aguilar 10, Helterbrand 9, Baracael 8, Tenorio 8, Caguioa 6, Reyes 4, Ellis 3, Monfort 2, Ababou 0.

AIR 21 76 – Sutton 22, Cardona 14, Yeo 11, Taulava 9, Borboran 7, Ramos 5, Burtscher 3, Atkins 3, Camson 2, Villanueva 0.

Quarters: 16-17, 34-37, 58-53, 84-76

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