Ginebra dethrones San Miguel, cops PBA Commissioner’s Cup title

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There was no need for a Game 7.

Barangay Ginebra needed only six games to dethrone San Miguel Beer, 93-77, and win the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup title Wednesday night before a raucous crowd at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Gin Kings wrapped up what started out as a bizarre series with three straight victories to capture their first Commissioner’s Cup title in 21 years and their 11th overall.

Best import Justin Brownlee played like a man possessed, unleashing 31 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists to lead Ginebra.

Guard Scottie Thompson had another dazzling performance with 12 points, 13 rebounds and five dimes. He was named the PBA Finals MVP.

Tim Cone, already the winningest mentor in the league history, took home his 21st title—third with Ginebra—as head coach.

“For 24 years I was always trying to beat Ginebra, now I’m on the other side, I love being here,” said Cone as he addressed the Ginebra faithful at MOA Arena.

The Beermen lost their first title round under coach Leo Austria, who had gone 6-for-6 in the finals before this series.