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Ginebra routs Air21, 103-85

Post by Ginebra Tambayan on Thu May 24, 2012 9:53 am

Ginebra routs Air21, 103-85

Posted May 24th, 2012 by Jeric Lopez & filed under Sports.

BARANGAY Ginebra coach Siot Tanquincen got the start he wanted from his wards.

Air21’s Elmer Espiritu (right) and Magi Sison gang up on Barangay Ginebra’s Enrico Villanueva, who is trying to put up a shot in a PBA Governors’ Cup game won by the Kings, 103-85.

The Gin Kings controlled the entire contest and crushed Air21, 103-85, to begin their campaign with a bang in the 2012 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night.

Reinforcement Cedric Bozeman had the best first impression among the imports thus far as he tallied a team-high 29 points on top of 13 rebounds and six assists for Ginebra.

The Kings joined early winners Rain or Shine and Petron Blaze on the top of the leaderboard with 1-0 starts each.

As expected, Ginebra star Mark Caguioa made his return from his fractured right eye to give the Gin Kings a nice lift. The Best Player awardee last conference, who wore goggles to protect his right eye, had a solid return with 15 points.

“It’s always crucial to win our first game. It’s imperative na maganda ‘yung kumpiyansa ng team to get off to a good start,’’ said Tanquincen. “It’s a blessing na nabigyan na kaagad siya (Caguioa) ng clearance to play. Mark has always been the soul of this team.’’

Allein Maliksi, who played his first game as a Gin King after sitting out most of the second conference with a knee injury, also returned in style with 13 points off the bench, while Rudy Hatfield added 10.

The Gin Kings’ lead approached 20 points on several occasions in the fourth frame.

Air21 import Zach Graham was impressive as well as he dropped a game-high 31 points, but he did not get ample support from his teammates, with only Renren Ritualo and James Sena scoring in double figures with 13 and 11, respectively.

The Express joined Powerade and Alaska in the losing column at 0-1.

The scores:

GINEBRA 103—Bozeman 29, Caguioa 15, Maliksi 13, Hatfield 10, Ababou 9, Cortez 8, Raymundo 7, Wilson W. 6, Wilson J. 3, Labagala 2, Villanueva 1, Maierhofer 0, Canaleta 0.

AIR 21 85—Graham 31, Ritualo 13, Sena 11, Isip 6, Omolon 6, Jazul 5, Espiritu 4, Sison 4, Bagatsing 3, Hubalde 2, Menor 0, Faundo 0.

Quarters: 23-18, 45-39, 71-62, 103-85

(Published in the Manila Standard Today newspaper on /2012/May/24)

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