PBA: Ginebra foils Meralco to break into win column

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Posted at Oct 02 2022 09:18 PM | Updated as of Oct 03 2022 04:36 AM

Scottie Thompson notched 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists in Ginebra's 99-91 win over rival Meralco on Sunday. PBA Media Bureau
Scottie Thompson notched 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists in Ginebra's 99-91 win over rival Meralco on Sunday. PBA Media Bureau

Justin Brownlee notched 34 points to lead all Barangay Ginebra starters in double-digit scoring en route to a 99-91 victory in the PBA Commissioner's Cup on Sunday.

Scottie Thompson added 15 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists, and Stanley Pringle contributed 16 points for Ginebra, which raised its record to 1-1.

Johnny O'bryant tallied 31 points and 16 rebounds to pace Meralco, which fell to 0-2.

Meralco was ahead 61-60 in the third quarter, but Ginebra limited the Bolts to just two baskets in the last 5 minutes of the period to take a 73-65 lead heading to the fourth.

Thompson scored 6 points and assisted on another bucket in that 13-4 run. 

Ginebra went up by 10 early in the fourth and, thanks to mainly to Brownlee's timely shots and free throws, held off Meralco the rest of the way. 

Jamie Malonzo, Japeth Aguilar, and Christian Standhardinger each finished with 10 points for Ginebra, which appeared to have dusted off the 22-point shellacking it absorbed against Rain Or Shine last Wednesday.

Allein Maliksi registered 20 points to lead the Meralco locals in scoring.