MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra obtained off to a successful begin to the season after rallying within the third quarter to defeat struggling Converge 100-86 within the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Friday at Sensible Araneta Coliseum.
Imports Tony Bishop, Christian Standhardinger and Maverick Ahanmisi have been amongst these instrumental within the Gin Kings’ triumph, which got here regardless of faltering within the absence of Justin Brownlee as a result of his failed doping check on the Asian Video games in Hangzhou.
Bishop had 34 factors, 12 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks, Standhardinger scored 25 factors, 16 rebounds and 5 assists, whereas Ahanmisi scored all seven of his factors within the third in his Ginebra debut, which got here towards his former crew got here. .
The Gin Kings had the higher hand earlier than returning to motion on Sunday to tackle the Magnolia Hotshots, who’re undefeated after three straight wins to start out the season.
Magnolia beforehand defeated NorthPort within the opening match of the twinbill.
Converge remained winless after three video games, partly as a result of it blew a nine-point lead within the second quarter.
Ginebra ended the interval with a 54-52 lead earlier than taking management of the second half.
Justin Arana produced 20 factors, eight rebounds and three assists for the slumping FiberXers.
GENEVA 100 – Bishop 34, Standhardinger 25, Thompson 13, J.Aguilar 11, Pringle 8, Ahanmisi 7, Pinto 2, Pessumal 0, Cu 0, Gumaru 0.
CONVERGE 86 – Arana 20, Vodanovich 13, Steadiness 13, Zaldivar 9, Grandson 7, Melecio 7, Stockton 6, Winston 5, Caralipio 3, Racal 3, Wong 0, Fornilos 0, Maagdenberg 0, Tallo 0.
Quarters: 25-30, 54-52, 80-67, 100-86.