|Ginebra's Vernon Macklin goes for the basket against Talk 'N Text's Ali Peek. The Gin Kings claimed Game 4 of their best-of-five semifinals series, 104-101. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – Crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra pulled off a 104-101 victory against Talk 'N Text to force a Game 5 in their best-of-5 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semis duel.
Vernon Macklin scored 37 points on 11-of-17 field goal shooting to help the Gin Kings level the series, 2-2.
The 26-year-old import made several trips to the free throw line after being repeatedly manhandled by Talk 'N Text defenders inside the shaded lane.
He made 11 of his 19 charity shots.
"Yeah it was very physical. I like physical games but this is a different story. I'm just glad we came out with the win,” he said during the post game interview.
Ginebra’s Game 4 win ruined Tony Mitchell’s 45-point and 11-rebound performance for Talk 'N Text.
The Texters wanted to go for the kill Friday night, but failed to do so after Mitchell missed 2 crucial shots down the stretch.
Ginebra’s Jayjay Helterbrand added 17 markers, while LA Tenorio had 16, including 2 pressure-packed free throw shots that gave the Kings a 4-point breathing room, 103-99, 14.3 seconds remaining.
Ranidel de Ocampo was the only other Texter who came up with a double digit output by tallying 12 points.
Ginebra 104 - Macklin 37, Helterbrand 17, Tenorio 16, Ellis 13, Raymundo 12, Baracael 7, Hatfield 2, Espiritu 0, Urbiztondo 0.
Talk ‘N Text 101 - Mitchell 45, De Ocampo 12, Castro 7, Carey 7, Al-Hussaini 6, Reyes 6, Raymundo 4, Fonacier 4, Ferriols 4, Peek 4, Alvarez 2, Aban 0.
Quarterscores: 26-29, 65-55, 81-81, 104-101