Gin Kings barge into win column with 6-point victory over Fuel Masters

Brgy. Ginebra finally barged into the win column of the 2023 PBA on Tour after a 95-89 victory over skidding Phoenix Super LPG, Wednesday night at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

John Pinto led the charge for the Gin Kings who lost their first 2 outings by scattering a game-high 22 points in 37 minutes of action. The 19th overall pick of the 2014 rookie draft shot 9-of-15 from the field including 2-of-5 from long distance and also contributed 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals.

The crowd darlings improved to 1-2 while the Fuel Masters absorbed their third straight defeat and fell down to 2-3.

“Sinabi lang namin sa dugout we just have to be better than our last game so yung focus lang muna namin ay yung sarili namin,” said Brgy. Ginebra assistant coach Richard del Rosario who’s in-charge of the squad for the preseason tournament.

Aljon Mariano finished with a double-double of 18 points and 10 boards while the reserve duo of Raymond Aguilar and Jayson David scored 15 apiece.

Jeremiah Gray continued to struggle as the 26-year-old Fil-Am could only cough up 3 points on a miserable 0-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc and 1-of-10 overall.

RJ Jazul paced the Fuel Masters with 18 points all coming from the three-point area while newcomer Reden Celda added 17. Javee Mocon, Larry Muyang and Chris Lalata contributed 14, 13 and 11 markers, respectively.

The Gin Kings will be back in action on the 17th against the NorthPort Batang Pier at the Batangas City Coliseum.

The scores:

Brgy. Ginebra 95 – Pinto 22, Mariano 18, David 15, R. Aguilar 15, Gumaru 6, Onwubere 6, Aurin 6, Pessumal 4, Gray 3, Cu 0, Salcedo 0

Phoenix 89 – Jazul 18, Celda 17, Mocon 14, Muyang 13, Lalata 11, Soyud 8, Atienza 3, Fetalvero 3, Alejandro 2, Rangel 0

Quarterscores: 26-26, 47-47, 78-68, 95-89.

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