Barangay Ginebra staved off defeat by hacking out a 114-111 victory over NLEX on Wednesday's PBA Governors' Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Gin Kings rode on Jeremiah Gray's hot-shooting and Justin Brownlee's end game heroics to nab a second straight win in the season-ending conference.
Ginebra saw its 11-point advantage wiped out when NLEX mounted a vicious run that had the Kings reeling to a 12-point deficit in the pay off period.
But Gray made three successive connections from beyond the arc, including the dagger 3 in the final 17 seconds, that gave back the lead to the Kings.
Brownlee then put the finishing touches from the free throw line to ensure Ginebra's second straight victory.
Brownlee finished with 44 points, while Gray added 19. Scottie Thompson, who fed Gray with the crucial assists, had 12 points and Stanley Pringle chipped 10.
They gave NLEX replacement import Wayne Selden, who finished with 43 points, a rude welcome.
Selden exerted the unenviable task of duplicating Jonathan Simmon's feat of leading the Road Warriors to victory, but could not overcome Ginebra's 13-3 windup.
Ginebra 114 - Brownlee 44, Gray 19, Thompson 12, Pringle 10, Malonzo 9, J. Aguilar 9, Pinto 8, Tenorio 3, Pessumal 0, R. Aguilar 0, Mariano 0.
NLEX 111 - Selden Jr. 43, Alas 22, Ganuelas-Rosser 19, Rosales 10, Trollano 6, Semerad 6, Gabo 3, Anthony 2, Pascual 0, Doliguez 0.
Quarters: 28-25, 59-55, 84-92, 114-111
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