Gins extend winning streak; Kia slays another champion

MANILA, Philippines – Crowd favorite Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel played their last game before the PBA All-Star break by winning over a very dangerous Blackwater Elite, 89-82 on Wednesday, February 25 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Blackwater Elite import Marcus “Big Daddy” Douthit who had to battle EDSA’s heavy traffic this afternoon by riding a bicycle from his home to the Big Dome contributed 11 points in the 1st quarter. The Naturalized Filipino had to earn majority of his points from the perimeter due congested shaded lane caused by Ginebra Gin Kings’ Twin Towers Michael Dunigan and Greg Slaughter.

Michael Dunigan, who is now playing in great shape matched his counterpart with 19 points in the 1st half. Greg “Gregzilla” Slaughter and Mark “Spark” Caguioa contributed 11 points apiece to end the half with 5-point lead. Before moving to the dugout for half time break, Dunigan literally shook the backboard with a reverse double-handed slam dunk making 4 total jams in this game.

Prior to this game, Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters tried to grab the solo lead but dropped to the 2nd spot instead. Head Coach Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao drove his Kia Carnival to its 3rd victory of the season by knocking out another league heavy weight, Talk ‘N Text 106-103.

Kia’s 7’3” import, PJ Ramos, continued his usual twenty-twenty performance with 24 points and 25 rebounds. The Puerto Rican giant got a huge aid from his teammates with 5 of them posting double digits led by former Green Archer shooting guard, Hyram Bagatsing.

It was Kia’s 3-point shooting prowess which helped them foil Tropang Texter’s solo-lead attempt with the unheralded Bagatsing rained 6 of his team’s 18 triples to obtain the Best Player of the Game Award.

Coach Manny Pacquiao grabbed this opportunity to warm-up for his May 2 slug fest with Floyd Mayweather Jr. by fielding himself in for 7 minutes with 0 out of 2 shootings.

Before this hard-earned win, Kia Carnival, now dubbed as “Champions Killer” beat Defending Commissioner’s Cup Champions Purefoods Star Hotshots and newly-crowned All Filipino Cup Champions San Miguel Beermen. Kia Carnival moved up to the 8th spot of the standings with 3-4 record.

The Gins’ Twin Towers continued their scoring run in the 3rd Quarter along with the Veteran Caguioa imposing a 16-point lead over Coach Leo Isaac’s squad. Ex-Gin Sunday Salvacion, former San Beda Red Lion Bam Bam Gamalinda and guard Jeric Canada all fired threes to trim down the lead 69-60 under a minute remaining in the penultimate quarter.

Big Daddy Douthit who did not make too much impact offensively in the entire game was backed-up by his comrades with 10 of them chipped-in scoring. JP Erram muscled his way under the rim to cut the lead down to 4 points followed by another 2 points by Brian Heruela to force Coach Ato Agustin to call a time-out. The Kings responded positively with LA Tenorio’s deep three and Greg Slaughter’s slam dunk and one.

The combination of Michael Dunigan and Greg Slaughter in the front court became a headache for Coach Leo Isaac. The twin towers combined for 44 points and 30 boards.

Gin Kings improved their 4-3 record and tied for the 5th spot with Purefoods Star Hotshots and Globalport Batang Pier while Blackwater Elite hit rock bottom with 1-6.

Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel will be having a very relax and long break and will have an ample time for practice and conditioning before going back into action on March 11 against upbeat NLEX Road Warriors.


Game 1

Kia 106 – Ramos 24, Bagatsing 21, Avenido 16, Cervantes 10, Pascual 10, Buensuceso 10, Revilla 5, Dehesa 5, Cawaling 3, Alvarez 2, Pacquiao 0, Thiele 0, Poligrates 0

TNT 103 – Castro 24, Johnson 21, Ganuelas-Rosser 12, Aban 12, De Ocampo 11, R. Reyes 6, Alas 4, Miller 0, Carey 4

Game 2

Ginebra 89 – Dunigan 27, Slaughter 17, Tenorio 17, Caguioa 15, Yeo 7, Baracael 4, Aguilar 2, Monfort 0, Ellis 0, Pena 0, Ababou 0

Blackwater 82 – Douthit 16, Gamalinda 11, Erram 11, Celiz 9, Heruela 8, Salvacion 8, Ballesteros 6, Canada 5, Faundo 3, Timberlake 3, Reyes 1, Laure 1, Acuna 0

- D' Waterboy, TheSummitExpress

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