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Barangay Ginebra Outlasts Phoenix, Stays Unbeaten in PBA Philippine Cup

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Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings maintained its untarnished slate in the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup with an 86-71 triumph over Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters on Wednesday night in the AUF Sports Arena & Cultural Center in Pampanga.

Stanley Pringle spearheaded the attack with 20 points, including four three-point conversions, while Prince Caperal added 14 points, 10 rebounds and five assists as the Kings improved to 4-0 slate.

Japeth Aguilar contributed 13 markers and five rebounds, while Earl Scottie Thompson flirted with triple-double with 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for Barangay Ginebra.

Holding to a slim 20-19 edge after the first 12 minutes, the Kings created distance from the Fuel Masters in the second period behind Pringle and Caperal to build a 47-36 lead at the half.

The Fuel Masters tried to claw its way back in the third period as they came to as close as 49-52 but the Kings got outside conversions from Caperal and LA Tenorio and inside shots from Aguilar to make it a 64-54 spread.

Barangay Ginebra went for the kill in the fourth quarter with three-point baskets from Tenorio and Caperal and perimeter hits from Aguilar and Negrense Joe Devance for its biggest lead of 86-65.

Jason Perkins tallied 15 points and eight rebounds, Matthew Wright struggled offensively with just 12 points on 5-of-17 shooting as the Fuel Masters suffered its second straight defeat to drop to 2-2.

BOX SCORE:

GINEBRA 86 – Pringle 20, Caperal 14, J. Aguilar 13, Thompson 11, Tenorio 9, Devance 8, Tolentino 5, Mariano 4, Dillinger 2, Chan 0, Balanza 0, R. Aguilar 0, Salado 0.

PHOENIX 71 – Perkins 15, Wright 12, Chua 11, Intal 9, Heruela 7, Garcia 5, Jazul 5, Rios 3, Marcelo 2, Napoles 2, Reyes 0, Gamboa 0.

Quarterscores: 20-19, 47-36, 64-54, 86-71.