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Alaska vs Ginebra - 7-16-10 ( Quarterfinals - Game 4 ) Part 3

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Published on Jul 16, 2010

Kings revive never-say-die spirit, force rubber match vs Aces
16 Jul 2010
The team known for its never-say die spirit is at it again.

Getting a balanced scoring from its star-studded roster, Barangay Ginebra scored a 94-90 win over Alaska to force a deciding Game 5 in their PBA Fiesta Cup quarterfinals series.

JC Intal and Ronald Tubid hit consecutive three-pointers in the final three minutes while Sunday Salvacion came through with the game-sealing free throws with 2.6 seconds left in Friday night's Game 4 at the Astrodome.

Once staring at a 0-2 deficit in the best-of-five affair, the Kings had now leveled the series at 2-2 and momentum clearly on their side when the do-or-die game, for the right to play top seed Talk 'N Text, is played on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

"It is now a jump ball," declared Ginebra coach Jong Uichico after the thrilling game. "We worked hard to have a Sunday game and now we're here. It's 50-50. Hopefully we can come out with the same mind-set when we were down 0-2."

Five Kings finished in double figures led by Tubid's 13. Willie Miller, Jayjay Helterbrand and Intal, hero of Ginebra's 91-87 Game 3 win, each had 12.

Import Chris Daniels fouled out with 1:55 remaining but not after collecting 10 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.

Tubid and Intal's successive treys in the final 2:40 plus an Eric Menk basket a minute later gave the Kings a 92-87 cushion 1:34 left.

But showing steely nerves, the Aces would have one fight left in them.

After a Sonny Thoss split free throw, Helterbrand committed a turnover in Ginebra's next play paving the way for tow more foul shots by Alaska import Diamon Simpson at the other end to close the gap at 92-90.

Simpson then made a defensive stop by blocking Enrico Villanueva's shot attempt in the ensuing play, giving the Aces a chance for a game-tying basket.

Unfortunately, the Aces blinked.

Joe DeVance couldn't control his momentum and was whistled for a traveling violation after receiving a pass from LA Tenorio, a turnover that actually sealed Alaska's fate in the final 12.4 seconds.

It didn't help Alaska's cause when the Aces gave away precious seconds before committing consecutive fouls to send the Kings, Salvacion specifically, into the free throw line.

Simpson showed the way for the Aces despite in foul trouble as early as the 2:24 mark of the third quarter. He finished with 25 points and 17 rebounds, while Tenorio and Cyrus Baguio each contributed 14 points. - JVP, GMANews.TV

Scores:

Brgy. Ginebra 94 - Tubid 13, Intal 12, Miller 12, Helterbrand 12, Daniels 10, Menk 9, Cortez 8, Vilanueva 7, Hatfield 5, Salvacion 4, Caguioa 2.

Alaska 90 - Simpson 25, Tanorio 14, Baguio 14, De Vance 11, Thoss 11, Hugnatan 8, Dela Cruz 5, Borboran 2, Eman 0, Fonacier 0.

Quarter scores: 17-23, 41-46, 69-68, 94-90.

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