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Gin Kings rally past Dragons to take 2-1 lead in PBA Commissioner’s cup

by Ron Poblete

BARANGAY Ginebra San Miguel electrified the partisan MOA Arena crowd as they rallied past the Bay City Dragons 89-82 in the third game of the best of 7 championship series of the PBA Commissioner’s cup Wednesday night.

They now lead the series two games to one by virtue of a huge fourth quarter. The Gin Kings lived up to their reputation as the comeback kings as they scored 33 points in the fourth to overcome as much as a nine point deficit with eight minutes left in the final quarter.

After two lopsided games by either side, this was more cagey and a tougher one for both finalists. The teams traded misses in the first two minutes of the game before the Gin Kings scored the first two points of the game behind a Scottie Thompson driving lay-up. 

It was a low scoring quarter with the teams tied at 16 points a piece. The second quarter was looking bad for the Gin Kings as they were trailing by as much as 10 points after a Kobey Lam drive made the score 35- 25 in favor of Bay Area.

As you’d expect, Barangay mounted their first rally of the game as they outscored the Dragons 10-2 the rest of the way to keep the score close by the end of the half at 37-35 Dragons.

Things were going bad for the Gin Kings as the Dragons came into the second half shooting the lights out. The Bay Area dribblers got the lead up by as much as 14 points after a Kobey Lam 3-point shot.

Again the Gin Kings rallied and kept the game from becoming a rout like the previous games, ending the quarter trailing just by seven points, 56-63 with the Dragons still ahead.

The Gin Kings did their business in the fourth quarter riding on another best Import contender performance from Justin Brownlee. He exploded with 19 points in the quarter to end up with 34 points and 17 rebounds. The Dragons were led by Andrew Nicholson’s 23 points who had five players in double figures. 

The best of seven series resumes on Friday January 6 at the Mall of Asia Arena.



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