MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra completed another down-the-wire finish against San Mig Coffee as it carved out a 94-91 win to force a series-deciding Game 7 in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.
Down 41-50 in the first half, the Gin Kings needed inspiration from former Ginebra coach Robert Jaworski to mount a huge fightback in the next two quarters.
Greg Slaughter unloaded 20 points, including a miracle jumper that kept Ginebra in finals contention.
The Kings were staring at a 3-point deficit when Slaughter completed a tough shot to pull Ginebra closer, 90-91, with barely a minute remaining.
A costly foul by James Yap allowed Mark Caguioa to push Ginebra ahead via free throws, 92-90.
Slaughter sank two more free throws and completed the job for a Game 6 win.
The victory enabled Ginebra to tie the best of 7 series, 3-all, keeping the hopes alive for a possible title encounter with early finalist Rain or Shine.
It also ruined the efforts of Marc Pingris and PJ Simon who were doing heavy damage against the Kings midway the fourth quarter.
Pingris, who finished with 20 points, looked unstoppable when he ignited a 6-2 run against Ginebra.
Simon also scored 5 straight points to push San Mig ahead, 91-88, with 1:24 minutes remaining.
It was at this point when Slaughter took over for Ginebra.
Caguioa finished the game with 21 points. LA Tenorio also made up for his miscue in Game 5 by scoring 16.
Ginebra 94 - Caguioa 21, Slaughter 20, Tenorio 16, Aguilar 13, Baracael 9, Helterbrand 5, Ellis 4, Reyes 4, Mamaril 2, Monfort 0, Urbiztondo 0.
San Mig Coffee 91 - Pingris 20, Simon 17, Barroca 14, Sangalang 12, Reavis 9, Yap 9, Melton 5, Devance 3, Mallari 2, De Ocampo 0.
Quarterscores: 22-24, 41-50, 73-74, 94-91