Ginebra faces TNT in 2020 PBA Philippine Cup Finals

MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson sank a hail mary to eliminate Meralco, 83-80 and booked a Finals ticket versus TNT Tropang Giga in the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup on Friday, November 27 at the Angeles University Foundation gymnasium in Pampanga.

Ginebra faces TNT in 2020 PBA Philippine Cup Finals
Game 5 hero Scottie Thompson saved Brgy. Ginebra with a game-winner to meet TNT in the Finals | Credit:

Despite not having Justin Brownlee in this All-Filipino conference, Brgy. Ginebra was eager to prove that it can win big games with or without any reinforcement as the Gin Kings faced a familiar nemesis, the Meralco Bolts.

Ginebra fanatics put their faith in “Showtime Stan” Pringle and firmly believe that the flashy guard can fill in Justin Brownlee’s shoes particularly in the offensive end.

Pringle locked his sight solely on the Finals and helped Ginebra post a slim 17-14 advantage after the first 12 minutes of the game.

Meralco caught up in the 2nd quarter through the efforts of veteran Reynel Hugnatan and Reymond Alamazan.

The Kings however, stopped the Bolts’ scoring surge and relayed once again on Stanley Pringle’s magic to maintain the lead 33-31 at the half.

Prior to the Ginebra-Meralco win-or-go-home match, former NBA GLeague-Texas guard Bobby Ray Parks Jr. helped TNT Tropang Giga secure the 1st finals seat by jotting down a fantastic double-double, 26-10.

Ray Ray Parks has been playing superb basketball inside “the bubble” especially in the semis where he squared off with his guard-rival Calvin Abueva and the Phoenix Super LPG.

Come 3rd period, the tides turned in favor of Meralco after Coach Norman Black made the adjustments at halftime and the Bolts started the quarter with a 9-0 blitz to take the lead.

Chris Newsome and Cliff Hodge owned the penultimate quarter to keep their team on top of Ginebra, 59-55.

Meralco gave up the lead to Ginebra in the 4th quarter as early and unnecessary fouls plagued the Bolts.

The talented Stanley Pringle woke up from a long 3rd quarter hibernation and added more digits to his stats. Pringle finished the ballgame with a whopping 22 points and 8 rebounds.

Just as the game clock was about to expire, Reynel Hugnatan hit a trey for the deadlock and left Ginebra with 14 ticks but Scottie Thompson mimicked Hugnatan and closed the series out 83-80.

Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel faces TNT Tropang Giga in the Finals starting on Sunday, November 29, 2020.

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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