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Ginebra Gin Kings bounce back from 17-point deficit to overcome Blackwater

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In a stunning comeback, Barangay Ginebra fought back from a 17-point deficit to secure a nail-biting 90-87 victory over Blackwater in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig on Sunday, November 26.

The Gin Kings faced a shaky start, trailing by 17 points in the opening quarter and falling further behind by nine, 41-50, at halftime. 

However, the resilient team led by Coach Tim Cone turned the tide at the resumption of play, mounting a spectacular comeback to beat a fading Blackwater squad.

Tony Bishop emerged as the lead force for Ginebra, contributing 25 points and 11 rebounds to the team’s cause. Maverick Ahanmisi and Christian Standhardinger provided crucial support, helping the Kings dominate the Bossing with a 30-19 surge in the third quarter.

Ahanmisi, showcasing his emerging role as a Ginebra stalwart, poured in 20 points along with six rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Standhardinger, who played for an extended 42 minutes and 11 seconds, recorded a double-double with 16 points and 12 boards, adding six assists to his impressive stat line.

Stanley Pringle, coming off the bench, also made a significant impact, contributing 10 points in just over 25 minutes of action.

The Kings’ victory propelled them to a 3-1 record, creating a three-way tie for second place alongside Meralco and Phoenix Super LPG. Meanwhile, Blackwater suffered a fourth consecutive defeat after a triumphant season debut.

Ginebra struggled in the first half, unable to keep pace with Blackwater’s hot shooting from beyond the arc, hitting 9-of-20 three-pointers. RK Ilagan led the early assault for Blackwater with three triples and a total of 13 points in the first 24 minutes of play, but he was held to just two markers in the second half.

Despite a late push from Blackwater, Ginebra’s defense proved crucial in the second-half turnaround.

Import Chris Ortiz attempted to rally Blackwater in the closing moments, but his airball in the closing seconds allowed the Gin Kings to clinch a remarkable victory.

The win not only showcased Ginebra’s resilience and ability to overcome adversity but also solidified their position as strong contenders in the ongoing Commissioner’s Cup.

The boxscores:

Ginebra 90 – Bishop 25, Ahanmisi 20, Standhardinger 16, Pringle 10, J.Aguilar 8, Thompson 7, Pinto 4, Cu 0.

Blackwater 87 – Ortiz 20, Ilagan 15, Rosario 15, Hill 11, Suerte 8, DiGregorio 8, Guinto 8, David 2, Casio 0, Escoto 0, Ayonayon 0, Banal 0.

Quarters: 19-36, 41-50, 71-69, 90-87

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