By JONAS TERRADO
Orlando Johnson bounced again from a tough debut and carried San Miguel Beer to a 110-102 victory over struggling Barangay Ginebra within the PBA Governors’ Cup held Sunday on the Sensible Araneta Coliseum.
Johnson showcased why he performed for 4 NBA groups, posting 31 factors, 10 rebounds and eight assists because the Beermen climbed to 4-3 after dropping their earlier encounter towards TNT Tropang Giga.
Towards TNT, Johnson had a tough debut after changing Brandon Brown by scoring 12 factors, the bottom in his PBA profession, on 3-of-22 capturing which contributed to SMB’s 96-81 defeat.
“I’m completely satisfied to see him play to the expectation we’re trying from him,” stated SMB coach Leo Austria. “Nag-take cost siya. First recreation, kasasabi ko nga lang kanina, we’re so excited for him, it appears na we discovered the best man to have a great chemistry. However sadly we’re not in a position to have a great recreation towards TNT.”
Within the first recreation, Meralco rode on the new fingers of Allein Maliksi within the fourth quarter to take down Rain or Shine, 93-88.
Maliksi scored 12 of his 19 factors within the remaining interval because the Bolts have been in a position to separate themselves from the Elasto Painters after a seesaw battle all through to publish their fifth win in six outings.
The victory allowed Meralco to redeem itself after being handed its first loss by NorthPort, 109-98, final Thursday regardless of main by 19 within the first quarter.
Coach Norman Black, who gained for the 701st time in his illustrious profession, burdened that it was the protection that keyed the Bolts’ triumph.
“We talked about it at halftime, that we’re simply gonna concentrate on our protection,” Black stated. “We’re not gonna fear concerning the offense anymore, we’ll discover methods to attain, however we’re gonna defend the opposite aspect. And that was actually the main focus within the second half. I feel that’s the rationale why we obtained the win”
Import Tony Bishop had 26 factors, 14 rebounds and 4 assists whereas Raymond Almazan put up 17 factors and 7 rebounds for the Bolts.
The Bolts stayed in second spot trailing the unbeaten Magnolia Pambansang Manok who’ve a 6-0 file and barely forward of the 5-2 Alaska Aces.
CJ Perez was additionally key for SMB with 23 factors and 5 steals, the final got here after intercepting a move whereas Ginebra was attempting to chop a 106-100 deficit with over a minute to go.
His steal enabled Johnson to attain a straightforward dunk to just about seal the deal for the Beermen, who at the moment are tied for fifth place with the idle Phoenix Tremendous LPG Gasoline Masters.
Justin Brownlee scored 40 factors on the day he surpassed Byron “Snake” Jones and Billy Ray Robinson to maneuver into ninth place on the all-time scoring checklist amongst imports, however Ginebra absorbed its fourth straight defeat to go 3-4.
It was the primary time the Gin Kings misplaced 4 in a row since coach Tim Cone took over within the 2015-16 season.
Johnson scored 10 within the third as SMB hiked its lead from 48-46 on the half to 86-73.
Brownlee tried to steer a Gin Kings rebellion however the Beermen all the time had a solution through the payoff interval.
MERALCO 93 — Bishop 26, Maliksi 19, Almazan 17, Newsome 8, Banchero 6, Belo 6, Black 5, Caram 4, Quinto 2, Hodge 0.
RAIN OR SHINE 88 — Walker 24, Nambatac 12, Belga 12, Borboran 10, Nieto 10, Caracut 8, Mocon 7, Asistio 3, Ponferada 2, Jackson 0, Santillan 0, Norwood 0.
Quarters: 20-23, 45-51, 64-65, 93-88.
SAN MIGUEL 110 — Johnson 31, Perez 23, Fajardo 13, Lassiter 13, Romeo 9, Manuel 8, Tautuaa 7, Ross 6, Brondial 0.
GINEBRA 102 — Brownlee 40, Tolentino 14, Aguilar 14, Tenorio 13, Standhardinger 8, Thompson 7, Pinto 6, Caperal 0.
Quarters: 20-24, 48-46, 86-73, 110-102.