The Gin Kings hit one big shot after another to come away with a thrilling 98-94 win over Rain or Shine to seize the solo lead of the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Kerby Raymundo, Mark Caguioa, and LA Tenorio took turns carrying the scoring load for Ginebra in the final quarter to deal the Elasto Painters their first loss in the tournament.
Caguioa finished with a team-high 22 points while Tenorio bounced back from a two-point game in his debut and tallied 20 points.
Raymundo had nine of his 12 points in the frenetic fourth period as both teams exchanged runs.
“We’re happy we’re able to squeeze the game. We didn’t play well,” said Ginebra coach Siot Tanquingcen.
“But it’s a good win for us especially against one of the top teams like Rain or Shine na very fluid na maglaro.”
Caguioa banged in a three-pointer to tie count at 90-all with 2:49 remaining. Rico Maierhofer then followed up an airball attempt by LA Tenorio, who later added a free throw to give Ginebra a 93-90 lead.
Rain or Shine scored four quick points on a drive by Ibanes and a follow-up by Norwood to take a slim 94-93 lead.
Tenorio again came to the rescue with a short jumper, before a questionable foul call on Norwood led to Tenorio’s two free throws gave Ginebra a 97-94 lead with 16.5 seconds left.
Chan’s three-pointer missed the target in the next play, allowing the Kings stayed unbeaten after two games.
“Kailangan pa namin maging consistent and it will come. We have really not jelled as a team,” said Tanquingcen.
Jeff Chan led all scorers with 25 points for the Elasto Painters.
BRGY. GINEBRA 98 – Caguioa 22, Tenorio 20, Maierhofer 12, Raymundo 12, Maliksi 9, Wilson 6, Mamaril 6, Cortez 5, Ellis 2, Jensen 2, Helterbrand 2, Hatfield 0.
RAIN OR SHINE 94 – Chan 25, Matias 14, Norwood 11, Rodriguez 10, Cruz 7, Belga 7, Tang 6, Ibanes 6, Quinahan 5, Arana 3.
Quarters: 30-30, 46-49, 69-67, 98-94