With speculations running rife on how a PBA Governors' Cup playoff series between San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra would end, even before the start of the conference, Coach Tim Cone vowed he will not give SMB the grand slam on a silver platter.
On Wednesday night, the Barangay did just that.
Ginebra shut down SMB's hopes of completing the season treble with a 104-84 quarterfinal rout at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.
The third-seeded Barangay, the defending champions of the season-ending conference, limited the sixth-seeded Beermen to only nine second-quarter points before scoring 30 in the final frame to seal the knockout.
Justin Brownlee led Ginebra with 37 points on 13-of-22 shooting, 12 rebounds, two assists, four blocks, and one steal. It will await the winner of the Friday do-or-die game between TNT and Rain or Shine in the semifinals, which start Sunday.
Joe Devance added 17 markers, three boards, and four dimes.
LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson came close to their own double-doubles, with Tenorio making eight points and 10 assists and Thompson contributing seven points and 13 rebounds.
Terrence Watson made 30 points, five caroms, two dimes, one block, and one steal for SMB, which will have to start its grand slam bid all over again next season.
Meanwhile, Rain or Shine sure knows how to beat TNT.
The seventh-seeded Elasto Painters stunned the second-seeded KaTropa, 106-102, in the quarterfinals of the PBA Governors' Cup Wednesday night.
Rain or Shine limited TNT to only 19 points in the second quarter, and opened an 84-75 lead entering the fourth.
The KaTropa still tried to put up a fight late in the final chapter, drawing to within three points, 102-105, with 30 seconds left.
But Gabe Norwood sealed the win with a free throw, with 18 seconds left as the KaTropa could not buy a basket in the end.
J'Nathan Bullock made seven triples en route to a 31-point performance with 15 rebounds, three assists, and one block for Rain or Shine, which canceled TNT's twice-to-beat advantage and forced one more showdown tonight at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
Norwood also found himself hot from 22 feet out, dropping four treys of his own for 15 points with nine caroms, six dimes, two steals, and one block.
Kelly Williams had a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds with two assists and a steal for TNT.
Glen Rice Jr. struggled from the three-point arc, only making one of 12 from that distance and only came up with 19 markers.*PNA
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