Ginebra sets up finals showdown vs San Miguel with Star drubbing

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Ginebra sets up finals showdown vs San Miguel with Star drubbing’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]Wednesday, February 22, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’×400.jpg’ attachment=’97489′ attachment_size=’portfolio’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=’yes’ font_size=’14’ appearance=’on-hover’ overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’]Kings titan Sol Mercado (3) rallies past the Star Hotshots to pave the way for a Barangay Ginebra San Miguel versus San Miguel Beermen showdown in the 2016-2017 Oppo PBA Philippine Cup finals.PBA [/av_image][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]MANILA – The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings marched into the finals of the 2016-2017 Oppo PBA Philippine Cup with an 89-76 victory over the Star Hotshots in Game 7 of their best-of-seven semifinals on Tuesday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.Sol Mercado led the way with 23 points, including four three-point conversions, for the Kings, which has set up a best-of-seven titular showdown with defending champion San Miguel Beermen slated to start on Friday.LA Tenorio chipped in 21 points, with three outside hits, while Japeth Aguilar and Earl Scottie Thompson had 19 and 10 points, respectively, for the Kings, which is eyeing its second straight PBA title.The Kings zoomed to an 11-2 start behind hits by Aguilar, Mercado and Joe Devance. The lead grew further to 21-7 on five straight points by Thompson before the Hotshots cut it to 26-16 on back-to-back hits by Mark Barroca.The Hotshots came to within seven early in the second period after a triple by Aldrech Ramos but the Kings managed to pull away anew with three-pointers from Tenorio and Mercado.The Kings maintained the double-digit lead in the third quarter but the Hotshots went on a huge surge behind Jean Marc Pingris and Rafael Reavis to come to within 65-61 at the end of the frame.The Hotshots came to as close as three points early in the final quarter at 68-65 but the Kings quickly widened it to 10 points, 80-67, on consecutive hits from Tenorio, Aguilar and Thompson.The Hotshots had its last push to come to within 82-74 on back-to-back hits by Ramos and Barroca but six straight points from Tenorio sealed the win for the Kings as the lead went up to 13 with just under a minute left in the game.Allein Maliksi top-scored with 22 points, while Pingris and Ramos added 17 and 14 points, respectively, for the Hotshots, which got another sub-par game from Paul Lee, who was held to just four points./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more