Barangay Ginebra came back from 22 points down to stun the NLEX Road Warriors, 91-90, Sunday, Dec. 13 to shore up its bid for a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals of the 2015-2016 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup.
Down and out, the Gin Kings relied on their bench players, led by rookie Scottie Thompson, to catch up to the Road Warriors.
“We haven’t gotten a lot of bench production through the whole conference, so this is the first time our bench really, really stepped up. It couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone.
The Gin Kings tallied their second straight victory. They’ve thus won six of 10 games to claim fifth spot. The Road Warriors were stuck in seventh place after dropping to a 4-6 win-loss record.
Thompson unloaded 10 of his 14 points in the fourth period. He drained two pressure-packed free throws that pushed the Gin Kings ahead for good. This year’s fifth overall pick had plenty of help from Dave Marcelo and Joe Devance.
Greg Slaughter led the Gin Kings with 18 points. He also shone at the other end by coming up with two blocks down the stretch to preserve the come-from-behind victory.
Sean Anthony had the chance to tow the Road Warriors to victory but missed a point-blank stab in their last offensive possession.
Asi Taulava fired a game-high 21 points to go with seven rebounds.
BARANGAY GINEBRA 91 – Slaughter 18, Thompson 14, Aguilar 12, Ellis 11, Marcelo 10, Tenorio 7, Devance 6, Helterbrand 5, Caguioa 4, Cruz 4, Mercado 0, Salva 0.
NLEX ROAD WARRIORS 90 – Taulava 21, Anthony 16, Villanueva J. 11, Lanete 9, Alas 8, Camson 6, Enciso 6, Khobuntin 6, Borboran 5, Reyes 2, Villanueva E. 0.
Quarter scores: 22-22, 41-49, 75-59, 91-90.