Japeth Aguilar scored 25 points, and Barangay Ginebra used a strong third quarter to beat Meralco 105-93 and win the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup title at Mall of Asia Arena on Friday.
It is the third Governors' Cup title in four years for Justin Brownlee and co. — all at coach Norman Black and Meralco's expense — and 12th overall for inarguably the league's most popular franchise.
Ginebra fell behind by 14 points in the first half, but came alive after the break to close the best-of-7 series in 5 games.
Brownlee contributed 24 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds, and Stanley Pringle added 17 points and 8 assists in his first PBA championship, as all Ginebra starters finished in double-digit scoring.
Scottie Thompson chipped in 14 points and 6 assists, while LA Tenorio added 12 points for Ginebra, which finished with 33 assists on 40 field goals.
Meralco was in control early, leading by as many as 14 points, 39-25, before Ginebra cut the deficit to 40-34 at halftime.
Down 59-53 in the third, Ginebra went on a 15-3 run to go up 68-62 with 1:22 left in the quarter.
Instead of yielding in the midst of that run and a boisterous pro-Ginebra crowd, Meralco didn't go down without a fight.
Bong Quinto's basket made it 86-84 with 5:47 left in the game, before Ginebra a 13-2 burst made it 99-86 and put the game out of the reach.
Allen Durham led Meralco with 29 points and 21 rebounds playing 48 minutes.
Without injured center Raymond Almazan and its outside shooting disappearing, though, Meralco couldn't match Ginebra's firepower.
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