Barangay Ginebra San Miguel able to defeat the Blackwater Elite for the hunt of first victory in the ongoing 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Final score was 105-91.
After three attempts, Brgy. Ginebra has finally able to snag the first ever win and snap its back-to-back loses. A great way to welcome back their “GregZilla” back in their lineup.
In a timely fashoin, Greg Slaughter got reactivated as the 7-foot giant is now healthy and ready to play. Slaughter got sidelined due to injuries prior to the start of the quarterfinals round of the All-Filipino Cup.
With Slaughter back in the lineup, Blackwater has no choice but to throw all of their defense focused inside the paint. In return, this gave room to Ginebra shooters, Kevin Ferrer is one of those beneficiaries as he torched the nets of Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.
The second-year forward dropped 21 points and was named as the Bida Player of the Game while Ginebra’s import Charles Garcia kept the momentum in their side as he glides and rattles the rim with his electrifying dunks. Garcia added 18 points along with his eight rebounds.
“We went out there with a big lineup. We were not quite sure if it’s gonna work for us but it got us playing well together. We got great shooting tonight from Kevin, which makes a big difference. When you shoot the ball well, it makes the game a lot easier,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone.
The Elite was in the game as the score was close during the first quarter. Roi Sumang was one of Blackwater’s local go-to-guy players in the offensive end where he scored 18 points.
However in the second quarter, Ginebra able to find the needed adjustment as they built a huge pile of lead. At the end of the first half, the points difference already reached to 23 points.
In the next half of action, team NSD continued their scoring surge and didn’t allow Blackwater to get back in the game.
Paul Zamar made his PBA debut after a stellar stint with Thailand Mono Vampire of the ASEAN Basketball League that reaches the Finals round. Zamar immediately made his presence felt by tallying 15 points and six rebounds in a losing effort.
“I’m very happy that I can finally play in the PBA,” he told Inquirer. “I’ve experienced a lot of speed bumps and detours in my career to the point that I almost quit. But now, I feel that my career has come full circle as I come back home.”
Paul Zamar was originally drafted by the Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel during the 2012 PBA Draft using their fourth round pick. Unfortunately there was no contract given to him and left a free-agent until he with Mono Vampire and the rest was history.
Blackwater vs Ginebra Box Score
Quarters: 32-27 | 64-41 | 87-65 | 105-91
Gin Kings (105): Ferrer 21, Garcia 18, J. Aguilar 13, Slaughter 12, Thompson 11, Tenorio 10, Caguioa 8, Mercado 8, R. Aguilar 2, Devance 2, Caperal 0, Manuel 0, Mariano 0, Taha 0
Elite (91): Famous 25, Sumang 18, Zamar 15, Maliksi 10, Erram 8, DiGregorio 7, Belo 4, Marcelo 2, Palma 2, Cruz 0, Jose 0, Pinto 0, Sena 0