Manila Clasico: Vintage come from behind win by Ginebra against Star

Staring at 17 point deficit midway of the 1st half, Ginebra composed themselves at the second half and unleashed a big comeback to frustrate the Star Hotshot anew.

The first half is all about Star dominance with the help of their import, Joel Wright and good contribution by their bench players. But the Gin Kings finally awakens in the third canto and took the lead, 78-76 after the frame.

The pivotal point of the game was the opening salvo of the final quarter which Jervy Cruz dominated and scored 6 straight points to give Ginebra a comfortable lead. And since then, it was all about Ginebra.

Ginebra was led by Justin Brownlee with 38 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists while Japeth Aguilar, who named Best Player of the Game collects 21 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assists.

Star was led by Joel Wright with 31 points and Peter June Simon with 22 points.

The scores:

GINEBRA: 116 - Brownlee 38, Aguilar 21, Mercado 14, Tenorio 13, Cruz 8, Caguioa 8, Thompson 6, Marcelo 4, Mariano 2, Devance 2, Helterbrand 0.

STAR: 103 - Wright 31, Simon 22, Pingris 13, Garcia 10, Barroca 9, Yap 9, Melton 5, Sangalang 2, Maliksi 2, Reavis 0, Pascual 0.

Scoring by Quarters: 21-33, 50-58, 78-76, 116-103


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