Ginebra breaks slump with close win over Alaska

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THE Barangay Ginebra Kings finally ended their two-game slump with a thrilling 87-81 victory over the Alaska Aces in the PBA Philippine Cup on Tuesday, November 3, at the AUF Sports Arena and Cultural Center in Pampanga.

Stanley Pringle was magnificent in the game as he scored 31 points, including several crunchtime buckets that proved to be the difference in the tightly-contested ballgame.

Alaska held a 77-75 lead but Pringle tied it all up with a nifty layup with 3:23 remaining in the contest. Then, after Alaska’s Vic Manuel missed in transition, Pringle quickly attacked the basket on the other end, getting a layup to go in while getting fouled. The Fil-American gunner made the free-throw and then, another bucket to give Ginebra an 82-77 lead, time down to 1:23.

Alaska pulled to within three, 81-84, after a basket by Rodney Brondial with 37 seconds left but free-throws by LA Tenorio and Pringle secured the victory for the Kings.

Ginebra now totes a 5-2 (win-loss) card, while Alaska had their two-game winning run halted, dropping them to 5-4.

Japeth Aguilar and Aljon Mariano scored 14 points apiece for Ginebra.

Manuel led Alaska in scoring with 17 points. (JNP)