Stanley Pringle executed a gorgeous crossover to get by KJ McDaniels for a big bucket as Barangay Ginebra carved out a 96-93 win over TNT KaTropa to regain a piece of fourth place in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday.
Falling behind, 92-94, on that Pringle basket, the KaTropa had a chance to tie but McDaniels split his free throws, and thus the Kings pulled through and caught up with the San Miguel Beermen again at 6-3.
NLEX (7-1) gained the solo lead as TNT dropped to a tie for second place with Meralco at 7-3.
"I was ready to go to overtime. I was already thinking of overtime. Thankfully, we didn't go into it," said Ginebra coach Tim Cone, ending up with a hoarse voice from the well-fought battle.
"They did it without Jayson (Castro) and we did it without Greg (Slaughter). But they had Bobby Ray (Parks) who's a good fit for them and in the things that they do. I think they would be a force in the league," Cone also said.
In a solid debut with his new team, Parks put in a 17-point game spiked by 4-of-8 three-pointers, with his last conversion sparking a run that sent the game into a nerve-wracking finish.
He also had his crack at sending the game into OT, but his three-point try at the buzzer went off.
A little earlier, Justin Brownlee sank two foul shots for the final tally in the game where Japeth Aguilar sizzled with 29 markers, 10 boards and two assists.
"Credit to my teammates dahil sila naman talaga ang nag-e-execute ng play. I just played hard at nagkataon swinerte naman," said Aguilar, stepping up with Slaughter out with a dislocated finger.
"We're not sure until when will Greg be out; hopefully, for just a few days. I hate to lose another guy for the national team," said Cone.
Brownlee also had a double-double game with 24 markers and 16 boards while LA Tenorio and Pringle contributed 19 and 14 points, respectively.
McDaniels led all scorers with 32, with RR Pogoy and Troy Rosario adding double-digit outputs with 23 and 13, respectively.
The KaTropa set the pace in the first half but the Kings turned the game around in the third, 74-68, and bloated the gap, 82-68, on an eight-to-nothing run to start the final canto.
But the KaTropa would not fade away.
Pogoy sizzled from afar, with the last of his five three-pointers helping fuel a run that allowed them to get back into the thick of things.(SB)
Ginebra 96 - Aguilar 29, Brownlee 24, Tenorio 19, Pringle 14, Dela Cruz 8, Chan 2, Thompson 0, Sargent 0, Caperal 0, Mariano 0.
TNT 93 - McDaniels 32, Pogoy 23, Parks 17, Vosotros 2, Digregorio 2, Williams 2, De Leon 2, Semerad 0, Reyes 0.
Quarterscores: 17-23, 38-44, 74-68, 96-93.