Ginebra captures second straight PBA Governors' Cup title

Bocaue, Bulacan (CNN Philippines, October 27) — Barangay Ginebra remains the undisputed king of the Basketball Association (PBA) Governors' Cup.

Ginebra outlasted the Meralco Bolts, 101-96, before a record-breaking crowd in Game 7 of the finals Friday evening at the Philippine Arena here.

Ginebra mentor Tim Cone, the winningest PBA coach, now has 20 championship titles under his belt.

"It was a total team effort. We're just pumped up from the crowd," Cone said moments after the game.

L.A. Tenorio showed his veteran form as he led an early charge for Ginebra with his outside shooting.

With Meralco struggling offensively, Ginebra was clicking on all cylinders to build a comfortable cushion, 52-37, heading into the halftime break.

The Bolts threatened to stage a comeback, but Ginebra kept them at bay in the third frame.

Meralco's 7-0 rally gave the team a fighting chance in the dying seconds of the match.

Ginebra's composure helped them hold off the Bolts' last stand to seal its tenth franchise title.

Tenorio was hailed as the Finals Most Valuable Player. He scored 26 points on 5-of-8 shooting from beyond-the-arc and four assists.

Import Justin Brownlee contributed 23 points and eight rebounds for Ginebra.

Allen Durham and Jared Dillinger paced Meralco with 26 points and 20 points, respectively.

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Quarterscores:

Ginebra (101) -Tenorio 26, Brownlee 23, Thompson 14, Slaughter 12, Devance 10, Aguilar 10, Caguioa 4, Ferrer 2.

Meralco (96) - Durham 26, Dillinger 20, Hodge 14, Newsome 11, Caram 9, Hugnatan 7, Amer 6, Lanete 3.

Quarterscores: 27-19, 52-37, 81-64, 101-96.