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Ahanmisi’s heroics propel Ginebra to thrilling win over Rain or Shine in PBA Commissioner’s Cup

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G1, 2, 3, 4 COMEBACK VICTORY. Barangay Ginebra subdues Rain or Shine in 107-102 win over Rain or Shine in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday, November 24, 2023. PBA PHOTOS

Barangay Ginebra bounced back with a 107-102 victory over Rain or Shine in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, powered by the stellar performance of Maverick Ahanmisi. 

The Gin Kings were determined to make amends for their previous meltdown, and Ahanmisi’s near triple-double played a pivotal role in securing the win.

Ahanmisi, making an immediate impact in his maiden conference with Ginebra, delivered an outstanding performance with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists. 

His near-perfect shooting from beyond the arc, going five of seven, proved crucial in the wild finish of the game. Ahanmisi’s last three-pointer, setting up a 103-99 cushion, was particularly highlighted by Coach Tim Cone as the shot of the game.

Cone praised Ahanmisi for keeping Ginebra in the game and maintaining the lead, especially when Rain or Shine initially seized control. 

The coach emphasized the significance of Ahanmisi’s contributions to the victory, crediting him for the team’s resilience.

Import Tony Bishop also made significant contributions, scoring 25 points and grabbing 12 boards. 

Christian Standhardinger added 19 points, including two crucial baskets in the final 28.4 seconds that thwarted Rain or Shine’s late uprising.

Despite Rain or Shine’s desperate push, Ginebra managed to secure the win, handing the Elasto Painters their fourth consecutive loss in as many games. 

Cone acknowledged the toughness of Yeng Guiao’s teams, emphasizing their ability to move the ball and shoot fearlessly. He recognized Rain or Shine as a desperate team seeking their first win, making the victory even more significant for Ginebra.

“I just have to give our guys credit for battling. Even though they’re not playing well, they battled all the way through and found a way to win. These are the kind of games that you build a character with,” Cone said in a PBA report.

Rain or Shine’s Andrei Caracut emerged as a standout performer, firing a career-high 32 points. His impressive three-point shooting, going four-of-six, fueled Rain or Shine’s fightback, showcasing his scoring prowess and resilience. 

Caracut’s performance was notable as he became the lowest pick (23rd) to score that much since Roi Sumang’s similar output for Blackwater in the 2017 Governors’ Cup.

The victory for Ginebra not only marked a quick bounce back from their previous loss but also highlighted the team’s ability to overcome challenges and build character in the process. As the Commissioner’s Cup progresses, Ahanmisi’s impactful debut and the team’s collective effort signal Ginebra’s determination to contend for the championship.

The scores:

Ginebra 107 -Bishop 25, Ahanmisi 21, Standhardinger 19, J.Aguilar 13, Thompson 12, Malonzo 11, Pringle 6, Pinto 0, Cu 0, Pessumal 0.

Rain or Shine 102 – Caracut 32, Summer 25, Santillan 17, Mamuyac 8, Asistio 6, Clarito 6, Norwood 6, Belga 2, Demusis 0, Belo 0, Nambatac 0.

Quarters: 24-26, 49-44, 75-69, 107-102

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