Ginebra escapes Meralco; captures 2016 PBA Governor’s Cup Title

If there would be words to describe their championship run: NEVER SAY DIE.


Photo Source: Fox Sports Asia

In front of thousands of basketball enthusiasts, the Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel (BGSM) ends their 8-year title drought after turning down Meralco Bolts in a thrilling Game 6 via an emphatic game-winning three of Justin Brownlee, 91-88.

Down as much as 13 in the first half, Robert “Sonny” Jaworski, the author of their famous battle cry “Never Say Die”, made his way to the locker room to shed light and calm the nerves of the Kings.

According to Jaworski, the Kings were playing too tentative and uptight which made them fall under the Bolts’ trap in the first half.

After that half time break moment with the Big J, a rejuvenated Ginebra squad came out of the dug-out with recharged weapons and bullets on their pockets.

The Jawo Magic took effect in the middle of the third quarter as the pinched-sized Finals MVP, LA Tenorio, waxed hot with 20 points to fuel Ginebra’s run to chase and trim down Meralco’s lead.

It was a neck and neck battle for the two teams up to the last seconds of the ball game. Tied at 88, Allen Durham missed his could’ve been a game winning layup for Bolts before Brownlee buried a buzzer-beater three that sealed the deal for the famous franchise’s championship victory.


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