Barangay Ginebra San Miguel finally snapped its five-game losing streak, but not before weathering a 21-point fourth quarter explosion by the returning Gary David.
The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Gin Kings went home victors for the first time in more than a month, defeating GlobalPort, 81-79, Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Mark Caguioa had 19 points, four assists, and three steals to lead Ginebra.
“I don’t want the fans to be disappointed,” said Caguioa, who said he understood Barangay Ginebra San Miguel supporters’ gripes in a halftime interview.
GlobalPort had two chances to tie the score late in the game. But the Gin Kings denied David the ball in the last two possessions, and Willie Miller missed a shot and committed a turnover to squander those opportunities.
“We’re grateful for this victory, but it’s still a long way to go for us,” said Barangay Ginebra San Miguel coach Siot Tanquingcen. “We hope to build on this hopefully. It’s really a process right now, admittedly after first two games, malaki yung hype, somehow nawala kami sa focus. We want to regain it.”
Caguioa had plenty of help, as Tenorio and Elmer Espiritu added 14 and 12 points, respectively. Tenorio and Helterbrand combined for nine points during a key stretch in the fourth period to keep GlobalPort at bay.
David finished with 27 points, all scored in the second half. Willie Miller added 18 points.
Newly-acquired rookie center Yousef Taha, who was acquired in a trade for Mike Cortez, did not see action for the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Gin Kings.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel improved its win-loss record to 3-5, while GlobalPort remained in the cellar with a 1-8 slate.
GINEBRA 81 – Caguioa 19, Tenorio 14, Espiritu 12, Wilson 9, Mamaril 8, Helterbrand 8, Ellis 6, Maierhofer 3, Hatfield 2, Jensen 0, Labagala 0, Raymundo 0.
GLOBALPORT 79 – David 27, Miller 18, Deutchman 8, Lingganay 7, Guevarra 7, Yee 4, Vergara 4, Salvador 2, Adducul 2, Manuel 0, Mandani 0, Al-Hussaini 0, Antonio 0.
Quarters: 17-20, 28-33, 52-56, 81-79