In a pulsating match that kept fans on the edge of their seats, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel (Ginebra) edged out Blackwater Bossing (Blackwater) with a score of 108-104 in the 2023 PBA Commissioner's Cup on November 26, 2023, at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig, Philippines. The victory marked Ginebra's fourth straight win, while Blackwater suffered their fifth consecutive defeat.

Ginebra Establishes Early Lead

Ginebra set the tone for the game early, establishing a 10-point lead in the first quarter. Justin Brownlee, the Ginebra import, was instrumental in their early surge, scoring 12 of his game-high 36 points in the opening period.

Blackwater Responds with Offensive Barrage

Blackwater, however, refused to go down without a fight. They rallied in the second quarter, outscoring Ginebra 34-22 to tie the game at 52 at halftime. Almond Vosotros led the Blackwater charge with 14 of his 20 points in the second quarter.

Ginebra Regains Control in Third Quarter

Ginebra regained control of the game in the third quarter, outscoring Blackwater 22-17 to take a 74-69 lead heading into the final period. Brownlee continued to be a force to be reckoned with, scoring 10 points in the third quarter.

Blackwater Threatens Ginebra's Lead

Blackwater continued to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter, cutting Ginebra's lead to as low as two points. They even had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but a crucial turnover by Vosotros sealed Ginebra's victory.

Significance of the Win

The win was significant for Ginebra as it solidified their position as one of the top contenders in the Commissioner's Cup. Blackwater, on the other hand, will need to find a way to turn their fortunes around if they want to avoid an early exit from the tournament.

Looking Ahead

Ginebra will next face Rain or Shine on November 29, 2023, while Blackwater will take on San Miguel Beermen on December 2, 2023.

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