Gin Kings down Painters, move closer to top four

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09:29 PM September 16th, 2017

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September 16th, 2017 09:29 PM

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Barangay Ginebra regained its winning ways after scraping past Rain or Shine, 89-82, to inch closer to a top four finish in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday night at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Gin Kings, again, claimed solo leadership at 8-2 but not after withstanding a fight from the Elasto Painters, who rallied from a 16-point deficit in the third quarter.

Justin Brownlee led Ginebra with 28 points and 10 rebounds while LA Tenorio hit timely baskets late to finish with 16 points.

Scottie Thompson did a little bit of everything with 12 points, nine rebounds, five assists and one block for the Kings, who redeemed themselves after a loss to the San Miguel Beermen on Sunday.

Raymond Almazan nearly had a double-double with 20 points and eight rebounds for the Painters three nights after posting 25 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Phoenix in Antipolo.

Rain or Shine missed a chance to secure a playoff berth and fell to 5-4.

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