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Kings twit Elite, remain at helm

Bradwyn Guinto of GlobalPort foils a shot by Henton LaDontae of Alaska in the PBA Gov. Cup last night at the MOA Arena. JOEY MENDOZA

Game today (Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex)

5 p.m. – Star vs Meralco

MANILA, Philippines — Barangay Ginebra struggled through the first 40 minutes of the game before finally finding its rhythm as the Gin Kings got past the Blackwater Elite, 98-81, to keep the front-running position in the PBA Governors Cup at the MOA Arena in Pasay last night.

The Gin Kings made a decisive run in the fourth quarter curiously with Justin Brownlee resting on the bench, zooming ahead, 85-75, on a 16-2 salvo and going on to stretch their amazing run to seven straight games.

At 7-1, Ginebra can secure a Top Four finish and a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals with one more win in their last three games – versus San Miguel Beer, Rain or Shine or  TNT KaTropa.

The Kings, the Governors Cup defending champs, and the Beermen, the reigning Philippine Cup and Commissioner’s Cup titlists, clash in what could be an explosive match tomorrow over at the Big Dome.

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Blackwater failed to sustain the momentum of a tough stand through the first three quarters and went down to a fifth loss against four wins.

 Tenorio starred in their fourth-quarter rampage, sizzling with 10 points after scoring only six in the first three quarters.

Greg Slaughter also proved to be a big key with 22 points and eight rebounds while also drawing most of Poy Erram’s fouls. The Blackwater big man fouled out with over six minutes left to play.

Earlier, Alaska Milk nailed a second straight win after 14 consecutive losses from last conference as it smothered an injury-hit and grief-stricken GlobalPort side, 101-88.

The scores:

First Game

ALASKA 101 – Henton 36, Abueva 12, Casio 11, Thoss 10, Baclao 8, Racal 7, Encisio 7, Exciminiano 6, Banchero 2, Pascual 2, Mendoza 0, Cruz 0.

GLOBALPORT 88 – Holloway 25, Anthony 19, Cardona 12, Guinto 10, Cortez 9, Romeo 5, Araña 4, Grey 2, Baracael 2, Celiz 0, Paredes 0.

Quarterscores: 26-18, 46-45, 67-67, 101-88

Second Game

GINEBRA 98 – Slaughter 22, Brownlee 17, Tenorio 16, Devance 15, Aguilar 10, Ferrer 7, Caguioa 6, Thompson 4, Mercado 1.

BLACKWATER 81 – Walker 26, Digregorio 12, Sumang 12, Pinto 8, Erram 6, Canaleta 6, Gamalinda 5, Marcelo 4, Sena 2, Belo 0.

Quarterscores: 23-24, 45-48, 69-71, 98-81

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