After eight years of waiting, the fans of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel now have all reasons to smile after their team secured another championship trophy.
In the first half of the ball-game it was all Meralco Bolts as the Barangay Ginebra appears to have lost its energy in their previous game and played flat-footed.
The Bolts took advantage of Barangay Ginebra lack of spark and they led as high as 15 points in the third quarter. However, on the said quarter Ginebra found the needed spark in the names of LA Tenorio and Chris Ellis.
Ellis who only scored 4 points in Game 6 of the Governor’s Cup Finals and his only sole appearance in the series perfectly deliverd an alley-oop slam from a Justin Brownlee pass that shook Smart Araneta Coliseum. LA Tenorio polished the Barangay Ginebra barrage as he scored on tear-drop after tear-drop shots that cuts Meralco lead to a single point (66-65) entering the 4th quarter.
In the final twelve minutes the game became intense as the two ballclubs demonstrated great execution in defense and in offense. Big stop after big stop and big shot after big shot but at the last seconds of the quarter it was Justin Brownlee delivered the biggest bomb as he beat the buzzer and drilled a three-pointer that sealed the last conference of PBA for 2016.
Best Import Allen Durham of the Bolts was limited to 15 points while his counterpart Justin BrownLee registered 31 points. The battle of the rookies continues as 2016 Rookie of the Year Chris Newsome logged 19 points while Scottie Thompson scored 10 points.