Barangay Ginebra drew first blood against NorthPort with a wire-to-wire 118-102 victory in the PBA Commissioner's Cup on Wednesday at PhilSports Arena.
Powered by Justin Brownlee's 39 points, the Gin Kings took a 1-0 lead in their best-of-3 quarterfinal showdown with the Batang Pier.
Stanley Pringle added 16 markers while Jamie Malonzo had 13.
Brownlee credited team effort for their victory.
"We pride ourselves playing together. We did a good job pulling a good team effort," said the beloved Ginebra import, who went 5-of-8 from the arc aside from getting 8 rebounds and dishing out 7 assists.
The victory was also a special one for LA Tenorio, who dished out 4 triples to hit a new milestone to dislodge Ronnie Magsanoc (1,171) from fourth overall in the all-time list with his 1,174 total triples. The PBA's Iron Man is also on track to surpassing the record of No. 3 James Yap (1,178).
Arvin Tolentino scored 29 points for NorthPort, which trailed by as many as 20 points.
Robert Bolick had 21 markers, while import Prince Ibeh came up with 18.
Ginebra has the chance to wrap it up on Saturday to secure a ticket to the semis.
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