A historic peat is recorded in PBA as Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel clinched its long waited championship title in PBA 2016 Governor’s Cup at Araneta Coliseum, October 19.
The 8-year title drought pushed the team to exert effort to win the title. Evident to this were the changes from the players up to the coaches. It was only the most-winning coach Tim Cone who brought Ginebra Team on its long-waited victor.
Reclaiming its throne, the team faced the electrifying Meralco Boltz in a close match in the best-of-seven series.
First game landed the Boltz in a tight duel to win the match. However in game 2, the Kings came back with a vengeance frustrating the Boltz to have its second win.
Meanwhile, the Boltz veterans came to the rescue recharging the team’s spirit to win the third game.
Fourth game became a roller coaster ride for both teams.
Boltz pinned Ginebra in a devastating point lead in the first half. But, the epic duo of the Fast and the Furios was enliven as Jayjay Helterbrand and Mark Caguiao played together in the second half backing up the team to clinch another win. The series tied, 2-2. The victory became Helterbrand’s birthday present.
Further, Boltz was trying to stop the Kings to steal another win, yet the defensive identity of BGSM overpower them. The Kings won the fifth game, 3-2 in the series.
Then, here came the much awaited game 6. In the first half of the battle, Boltz dominated the game leaving as much as double digit point lead.
The determined Ginebra tried to stop the recharged Meralco Boltz in the third quarter. Came all the way from his inimpressive score in the first half, L.A. Tenorio pulled the trigger trimming the point lead to tie the game. Brownlee also regained his agility helping Tenorio and his team althroughout the remaining quarters.
In less than a minute play, both team scored 88. Boltz had the possession for a chance to steal a point; Durham attempted a layup but Brownlee hid behind to steal possession. Ginebra took the possession in a 5 second play. As final buzzer strike, Brownlee hit three. BGSM won, 88-91.
LA Tenorio was named as Final’s MVP.