PBA: Ginebra beats NorthPort, as race for twice-to-beat bonus heats up

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Posted at Nov 27 2022 09:17 PM | Updated as of Nov 27 2022 09:31 PM

Jamie Malonzo keyed Ginebra's fourth-quarter blitz that helped to finish off NorthPort on Sunday. PBA Media Bureau
Jamie Malonzo keyed Ginebra's fourth-quarter blitz that helped to finish off NorthPort on Sunday. PBA Media Bureau

Jamie Malonzo finished with a career-high 26 points, and Barangay Ginebra caught fire in the fourth quarter to beat NorthPort 122-105 in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at PhilSports Arena in Pasig on Sunday.

Justin Brownlee tallied 31 points to lead Ginebra, which hiked its record to 8-3, tying idle Converge for third and fourth places.

The Batang Pier fell to 6-6.

After Will Navarro tied the game at 96 less than two minutes into the fourth, Ginebra broke the game wide open, thanks largely to Malonzo and Jeremiah Gray's outside shooting.

That led to a 10-0 run that gave Ginebra a 106-96 lead, an advantage coach Tim Cone and his squad would not relinquish.

Gray added 12 points, as he Brownlee and Malonzo each hit three 3-pointers. Overall, Ginebra was 14 of 30 from rainbow territory.

Scottie Thompson chipped in 8 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. 

Arvin Tolentino, a former Ginebra player, led five Batang Pier starters with 24 points, including six 3-pointers.