Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title
MANILA, Philippines–Barangay Ginebra put together another gutsy performance down the stretch to carve out a 105-93 decision over Meralco and capture the 2019 PBA Governors Cup title Friday night at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.
The Gin Kings recaptured the Governors’ Cup crown after losing it to Magnolia last season.
Ginebra’s starters logged double-digit scores, with Japeth Aguilar scoring a team-best 25 points to go with eight rebounds, and four blocks.
Aguilar, who had been steady on both ends throughout the series to earn the Finals MVP award, had 13 in the payoff frame to help deliver the franchise’s 12th title overall.
Justin Brownlee, meanwhile, had another successful tour of duty with the Gin Kings, delivering 24 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists in the clincher.
“I felt at halftime when we brought the lead down to six, that we had a chance to win this game,” said coach Tim Cone. “We’re very sluggish early.”
“That little run gave us a lift, ” said Grand Slam mentor who now has hiked his championship count to 22.
Allen Durham had 29 points and 21 rebounds for the Bolts who now have lost their third meeting with Ginebra in the season-ending conference.
Cliff Hodge, Baser Amer, and Chris Newsome tossed in 10 or more in a losing effort for Meralco, which sorely missed Raymond Almazan’s services.