Ginebra wins 2020 PBA Philippine Cup

MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra San Miguel made it sure that there will be no more Game 6 as the Kings sent TNT home, 82-78 and won the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup title on Wednesday, December 9 at the Angeles University Foundation in Angeles City, Pampanga.

Japeth Aguilar
Japeth Aguilar recorded his new career high of 32 points and a PBA Philippine Cup Title.Photo Credit:

Ginebra bagged its 13th franchise championship and 1st All-Filipino title in 13 years.

With Jayson Castro and Bobby Ray Parks Jr. out due to significant injuries, TNT Tropang Giga needed fire power from their role players to survive Brgy. Ginebra and extend the series.

Troy Rosario who’s been playing subpar in this series showed a positive sign as he and Poy Erram handled Japeth Aguilar under the basket and forced the latter to commit his 2nd personal early in the opener.

Poy Erram provided significant digits in the 1st quarter while Jared Dillinger drained a few jumpers to keep the game tied at 19 after the first 12 minutes.

It didn’t take Aguilar too much time on the bench as Coach Tim Cone re-called the center after the TNT scoring surge. Japeth’s presence gave confidence to the Ginebra shooters from the outside in the 2nd period.

Not only did Japeth Aguilar supply power boards for his team, he dropped 16 points on TNT in the 2nd quarter alone to give Ginebra a 38-36 at the half.

Before the 1st half ended, TNT’s Erram experienced shortness of breath while on the floor. The lanky center rushed down to the dugout and was later ruled as a panic attack.

Japeth Aguilar didn’t stop from scoring in the third. Likewise, Roger Ray Pogoy contributed a bunch of baskets to help TNT regain the lead.

Aguilar and Pogoy continued their scoring duel at the end of the penultimate quarter where both players recorded 26 and 20 points respectively with 12 more minutes to go.

After the low-scoring 3rd period, TNT Tropang Giga led Brgy. Ginebra 56-55.

As TNT clamped down on unstoppable Aguilar, Stanley Pringle came alive in the final canto and snatched the lead from Tropang Giga.

Orchestrated by LA Tenorio, Ginebra made some notable defensive stops on TNT to maintain its slim 82-78 advantage until the end of the last chapter.

Averaging with 13.6 points and 2.8 rebounds, LA Tenorio won the Finals MVP. Aside from the individual award, this championship is Tenorio’s first All-Filipino Cup title in his 14-year pro career.

Congratulations, Brgy. Ginebra! Never Say Die!

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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