Ginebra went home with the PBA Commissioner’s Cup title after beating Bay Area, 114-99, in the final game of the best-of-seven finals in front of a new league record 54,589 fans at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
The Gin Kings pulled away in the second quarter, outscoring the Dragons, 34-18, to open a 61-39 halftime lead even as the guest team could not cut the lead lower than 15 points in the second half.
Justin Brownlee led Ginebra, which moved to second all-time in PBA championships with 15, with 34 points on 14-of-22 shooting, eight rebounds, 12 assists, one steal and three blocks.
Jamie Malonzo, who had been struggling all throughout the playoffs, played his best game of the knockout phases right on the final match of the conference, contributing 22 points, 17 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks.
Christian Standhardinger, who was later named the Finals Most Valuable Player, added 12 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
Myles Powell, Bay Area’s offensive spark plug, fizzled in the game where his contribution was badly needed as he was held to 9-of-22 field goals and 7-of-12 free throws for 29 points with seven rebounds, five assists and one block.
Hayden Blankley added 25 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals, while Liu Chuanxing chipped in 17 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, four blocks and two steals and Kobey Lam had 13 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals. (PNA)