Barangay Ginebra secured the first finals berth in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup by hacking out a 120-107 win over NorthPort at Araneta Coliseum on Friday.
Justin Brownlee led the balanced effort with 36 points, 19 rebounds, and 8 assists, as Ginebra finished their best-of-5 series in 4 games.
Four other Ginebra players finished in double-digit scoring, with Japeth Aguilar and LA Tenorio tallying 20 and 19 points, respectively.
Stanley Pringle added 18, while Scottie Thompson had 14 points.
This is Ginebra’s third finals appearance in the season-ending conference in the past four seasons. Brownlee and co. missed the title series last year following a semis loss to Magnolia.
Ginebra will battle the winner between TNT and Meralco in the other semifinal, which TNT leads 2-1.
Game 4 of that series is on Saturday, Dec. 21, at Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Ginebra 120 - Brownlee 36, Aguilar 20, Tenorio 19, Pringle 18, Thompson 14, Slaughter 6, Mariano 4, Chan 3, Dillinger 0.
NorthPort 107 - Standhardinger 32, Taha 29, Qualls 25, Anthony 18, Lanete 2, Elorde 1, Cruz 0, King 0, Escoto 0.
Quarterscores: 32-21, 56-39, 86-75, 120-107.
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