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Barangay Ginebra Triumphs Over Fierce Rival Magnolia

Barangay Ginebra showed tenacity and resolve to defeat their sister team and arch-foe, Magnolia, 87-77. The entertaining game was the PBA Philippine Cup doubleheader nightcap on Easter Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Maverick Ahanmisi emerged as a critical player for Barangay Ginebra, scoring 16 points, including a clutch three-pointer with 36.3 seconds left to stave off Magnolia’s late run and earn the Gin Kings the win. Coach Tim Cone praised his team’s effort, emphasizing their dedication to their fans and performance, especially after a tough defeat against Meralco in their last game.

Stanley Pringle led Barangay Ginebra’s attack, scoring 17 points, and Japeth Aguilar added 16 points. Jamie Malonzo and Christian Standhardinger also contributed significantly, scoring 11 points each. Despite the absence of ace playmaker Scottie Thompson, Barangay Ginebra showed teamwork and resilience on the floor.

Magnolia put up a brave fight, led by Ian Sangalang’s impressive 17-point performance. Jio Jalalon, Mark Barroca, and Paul Lee all made significant contributions, scoring at least 11 points. On the other hand, Magnolia fell short in their attempt to win, finishing with a 1-1 record in the league standings under Coach Chito Victolero’s guidance.

The victory was significant not just on the court but also because it was Barangay Ginebra’s 100th victory over the Purefoods franchise, highlighting the two teams’ long rivalry. While Purefoods still has a little edge with 104 victories, Barangay Ginebra was overjoyed with their milestone victory.

Looking ahead, Barangay Ginebra prepares for another test, facing corporate brother San Miguel in their upcoming encounter on Friday. Meanwhile, Magnolia prepares to face NLEX in one of the league’s next games on Saturday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Malate, Manila.

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