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Barangay Ginebra ends two-game losing streak with 81-67 win over TNT

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Ginebra fans breathed a sigh of relief as their beloved team finally ended their two-game losing streak in the PBA on Tour, displaying an impressive performance against a determined TNT side. In a hard-fought battle at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City on July 21, the Gin Kings managed to secure an 81-67 victory, making their preseason joust presented by Arena Plus record 5-5 after recent defeats against Meralco and Converge.

The game had its ups and downs for Ginebra, who initially built a commanding 16-point lead in the first half. However, TNT was unwilling to back down easily and showed its resilience, slowly chipping away at the deficit. Ginebra trailed by a slim margin of 61-62 as the final quarter rolled in.

It was the perfect opportunity for the Gin Kings’ emerging stars, Sidney Onwubere and Von Pessumal, to shine. Both players stepped up when it mattered the most, sparking a 20-5 run in the game’s closing minutes. Onwubere, eager to make a significant impact in the upcoming 48th PBA Season, displayed an outstanding performance, securing a double-double with 21 points and 16 rebounds, along with four assists.

Jeremiah Gray also contributed significantly to the team’s victory with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Pessumal, not to be outdone, showcased his all-around skills with 15 points, three rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and a steal. The trio’s impressive efforts proved too much for TNT to handle.

As the final minutes ticked away, it was clear that Ginebra was determined to secure the win. Pessumal’s crucial three-pointer with less than two minutes left on the clock put the game out of reach for TNT, solidifying the Gin Kings’ victory at 79-67.

Ginebra fans were thrilled to see the team’s resilience and determination, knowing they could count on their talented roster for a strong finish. Moreover, the victory came at the right time, boosting the team’s confidence ahead of their final game in the PBA on Tour.

With one game remaining in the preseason joust, Ginebra is now setting its sights on a resounding exit from the tournament. They will face NLEX next Sunday at the Ynares Sports Arena, and the players are determined to end their preseason campaign on a high note.

As for TNT, despite their spirited performance against Ginebra, they could not carry the momentum from their previous win against Phoenix. Glenn Khobuntin’s impressive 25-point performance did not lift the team to victory. The Tropang Giga now find themselves at the bottom of the standings with a 1-8 record, and they will have to regroup quickly for their next match against NLEX at the Filoil EcoOil Centre in San Juan.

As the PBA on Tour heads into its final stretch, fans eagerly await the upcoming matches to see which teams will emerge as the preseason favorites. For now, Ginebra supporters can take comfort in the fact that their beloved Gin Kings have found their winning form again, and they are ready to roar into the upcoming 48th PBA Season with renewed determination and vigor.

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