Here are the live scores, updates, and results of the 2021 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals between the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and the Meralco Bolts scheduled on April 8, 2022, at 6:00 PM.
the Meralco Bolts strike first blood in their best-of-seven series against the Barangay Ginebra in their fourth clash in the Finals.
The Bolts dominated the Gin-Kings in the second quarter of game one where they tallied 28 points while the opposing team only had 19 points. They maintained their scoring spree in the third quarter where Meralco recorded 25 points and held the Kings to only 18 points. From that time forward, Barangay Ginebra was not able to reach Meralco’s commanding lead. At one point in the contest, the Bolts even had a 21-point winning margin against Ginebra.
Maliksi provided another hot-shooting game and continues to be a major threat for the Gin-Kings from beyond the three-point arc. Maliksi chipped in 22 points while shooting 8-16 from the field, seven of those looks were from long-range where he converted five of them.
Tony Bishop finished with another double-double performance, scoring 20 points and grabbing 12 boards. Not only that, but the import also had two steals and a block on the defensive end. Cliff Hodge, who is not really known for his scoring skills, had a stellar performance in terms of scoring. The forward had 17 points while shooting efficiently, hitting eight of his nine attempts from the field, and also made a three-point shot as he came off from the bench for the Bolts.
“It is very important to get that first win. If you fall behind, the series becomes that much harder to catch up,” said Norman Black.
The Bolts were hitting most of their looks, making 51% of their shots throughout the game while the Gin-Kings only made 38% of their field goals. In addition, Meralco had more help from the bench than the Ginebra squad had in game one. The Bolts had 32 points from the supporting cast while the Kings only had 14 chips.
Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee led the team with 27 points, but only hit seven of his 20 attempts. Standhardinger added 20 points in their loss and also had 14 rebounds, ending the matchup with a double-double stat line.
Scottie Thompson showcased his versatility against the Bolts as he recorded a triple-double, logging in 19 points, ten boards, and ten dishes.
LA Tenorio was inactive for Ginebra, only scoring five points while shooting poorly as he went 1-8 from the field. Jeff Chan was completely shut down by the Bolts, not letting him have another 20-point game just like in his last matchup against the Road Warriors where he also sank down five three-pointers.