Ginebra beats GlobalPort for 3rd win in a row

Mark "The Spark" Caguioa MC47 put up his best performance yet this season while Greg Slaughter continued his impressive form as they led the streaking Barangay Ginebra San Miguel to an 85-70 victory over the GlobalPort Batang Pier in the SMART BRO PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum. Caguioa scored 22 points and also had five steals as “The Spark” finally registered an explosive game after a quiet start this conference. Slaughter was in his usual business, compiling 22 points and 21 rebounds for another monster outing as Ginebra (4-3) notched its third straight win a feat the Gin Kings had not done for more than a year. Behind Caguioa, Ginebra got off to a 13-3 start as the Gin Kings the first quarter with a 23-13 advantage.


GlobalPort came back roaring, with the golden boy Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle leading a 12-3 run that pulled them within one, 26-25. The Batang Pier finally took the lead, 33-32, on a Pringle fastbreak layup and held on to a 41-36 halftime lead after Jay Washington buried a triple at the second quarter buzzer. GlobalPort led as many as seven but Ginebra rallied to tie the game at 51-all. Caguioa then took over in the fourth quarter, making two straight baskets including a post-up off a feed from big man Slaughter in what looked like a reversal of roles in a 9-2 run punctuated by a Slaughter jam. The Gin Kings were then up by 11, 72-61, with still over four minutes left but GlobalPort couldn’t mount a comeback anymore as the Batang Pier struggled to get their offensive game going. Washington made 18 markers for GlobalPort (3-3) which got 13 from Pringle and only 10 from Romeo, who only made two of his 10 shots from the field as they suffered their second straight loss.
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