PBA: Prince Caperal unlikely star in Ginebra's close win vs Blackwater

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Posted at Oct 15 2020 09:37 PM | Updated as of Oct 15 2020 10:39 PM

Prince Caperal stepped up big time for Ginebra on Thursday. PBA Media Bureau

Prince Caperal scored 24 points, and Barangay Ginebra recovered from Blackwater's third-quarter surge to win 103-99 in the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup on Thursday at AUF Sports Arena in Angeles City, Pampanga. 

Ginebra saw a 14-point lead evaporate when Blackwater rallied in the third to go up 76-72 heading into the fourth. 

Head coach Tim Cone and co. snatched back the driver's seat, then made enough free throws in the final minute to up their record to 2-0.

Caperal, hit 5-of-7 attempts from the 3-point area to join 4 other Gin Kings who scored in double digits, has had to step up with the absence of Greg Slaughter and as the team eases back Japeth Aguilar in.

"We knew from Day 1 when we got Prince he could shoot the ball. He's always been a good 3-pointer," Cone said in the post game presser. 

"He still has holes in his game, but we know he can get better. The fact that he's shooting well is no surprise to us at all, we see him in practice everyday."

Stanley Pringle added 17 points for Ginebra, while Scottie Thompson and Jeff Chan had 14 and 12, respectively.

Cone acknowledged that despite the win it was not the ideal game.

"We can play a game that's not pretty and still win it. Usually teams that play like that win championships," he said.

Don Trollano had 23 points to lead Blackwater (1-1).