Brownlee beats buzzer to give Barangay Ginebra ninth PBA title

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — After eight years of heartbreaks and setbacks, Barangay Ginebra is back at the pinnacle of Philippine basketball.

The Gin Kings toppled the Meralco Bolts, 91-88, before a sellout crowd on Wednesday evening at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Game 6 of the PBA Governors' Cup finals.

Justin Brownlee showed the way for Ginebra as he delivered another stellar performance with 31 points and nine rebounds.

Composure was the key in the Bolts’ strong first half performance as they had an answer for every bucket Ginebra made.

Meralco pounced on every second-chance possession they could get to maintain a double-digit lead heading into the halftime break.

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But L.A. Tenorio waxed hot in the third canto as the Gin Kings inched closer going into the final frame, 66-65.

Brownlee buried the most crucial shot of the whole series as he hit a three-pointer to beat the buzzer that gave Ginebra the championship.

Tenorio was named Finals MVP.

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Ginebra clinched its franchise’s ninth title — first since the 2008 Fiesta Conference.

Tim Cone, the winningest coach in the PBA, added another hardware to his collection which now stands at 19.

The scores:

Barangay Ginebra (91) - Brownlee 31, Tenorio 25, Thompson 10, Aguilar 7, Caguioa 6, Helterbrand 5, Ellis 4, Marcelo 3, Cruz 0, Devance 0, Mercado 0.

Meralco (88) - Newsome 19, Durham 15, Hugnatan 12, Alapag 8, Faundo 8, Uyloan 7, Amer 6, Hodge 6, Nabong 4, Caram 3.

Quarterscores: 18-27, 32-45, 65-66, 91-88.