Malonzo is on Fire - Philippine Cup

Malonzo is on Fire beating Rain or Shine, Ginebra Debut!

Jamie Malonzo had a spectacular debut for Barangay Ginebra, leading his team to a dramatic 113-107 victory against Rain or Shine in the first game of the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. Despite having a black eye from an offseason brawl, Malonzo displayed surprising clarity on the court, scoring a career-high 32 points, including five three-pointers. His impressive stat total featured eight rebounds, four blocks, three assists, and two steals, laying the groundwork for Ginebra’s dominant start to the conference.

Maverick Ahanmisi was a key player for Ginebra, scoring 18 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists while filling in for injured Scottie Thompson. The victory not only underlined Ginebra’s strong start but also delivered Rain or Shine their third consecutive loss in the competition.

Despite the setback, Anton Asistio delivered a remarkable effort in Rain or Shine, scoring 21 points on five three-pointers, four rebounds, and two assists in restricted playing time.

Ginebra coach Tim Cone praised Malonzo’s outstanding performance and resilience, highlighting his return to practice and ability to let his performance speak for itself. Ginebra achieved a hard-fought victory to start their season on a winning note, with Christian Standhardinger providing a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds and Japeth Aguilar adding 17 points.

In the last stages of the game, Rain or Shine tried a late recovery, cutting the score to four points. However, Ahanmisi’s clutch free throws clinched the deal for Ginebra, giving them a well-deserved victory in a highly tough matchup.

The stunning victory confirmed Barangay Ginebra’s strong start in the PBA Philippine Cup, paving the way for an entertaining and competitive season.


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