MANILA – Barangay Ginebra returned from a 19-point deficit to stun the NLEX Road Warriors, 83-75, in their PBA Philippine Cup meeting on Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Ginebra took over in the final 18 minutes of the game to steal the victory from NLEX, which was earlier thought to be on its way to a blowout win.
Behind a solid first half, NLEX opened a 55-36 advantage with 7:11 left in the third period, but Ginebra finished the quarter on a 19-5 run before outscoring its opponent, 25-12, in the final canto to complete the comeback.
Japeth Aguilar led the Gin Kings, who bounced back from their loss to the Magnolia Hotshots and moved to second place in the team standings at 3-1, just behind the unbeaten San Miguel Beermen, with 20 points, seven rebounds, one assist, three blocks, and a steal.
Arvin Tolentino caught fire late and added 17 points, three rebounds, one assist, and one steal.
Kevin Alas chipped in 16 points, four assists, and one steal, while Calvin Oftana added 15 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, three steals, and a block for the Road Warriors, which dropped to a tie with the NorthPort Batang Pier and Phoenix Fuel Masters in sixth place at 2-2. (PNA)