On Friday at the Araneta Coliseum, Talk ‘N Text defeated Barangay Ginebra 97-93 in an emotional Game 6 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals to claim the championship.
Mikey Williams scored 38 points, including nine three-pointers, to lead the Tropang GIGA to their first Governors’ Cup championship since its 1996 league debut.
In addition, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson contributed 27 points and 13 boards. Despite shooting poorly from deep, the Gin Kings battled bravely to the end but ultimately fell short.
The Kings were led by Justin Brownlee’s 29 points, with contributions from Jamie Malonzo (21) and Scottie Thompson (20).
While suffering from stomach illness in Game 5, Brownlee still scored 11 of Ginebra’s 27 first-quarter points, propelling the Kings to an aggressive start.
TNT is the New Champion in PBA Governors’ Cup Season
Poy Erram and Mikey Williams scored consecutive baskets to spark a mini-run that brought the Tropang GIGA within three points at 27-30. Thompson reacted quickly to keep Ginebra in the lead, but Williams kept the scoring onslaught, sinking his eighth three-pointer of the game to get TNT within striking distance (51-48) at the break.
Early in the third quarter, both teams were neck and neck, but a 9-4 run sparked by another Williams three-pointer put the Tropang GIGA ahead, 77-73.
The game swung back and forth in the bonus round between the two sides. After Malonzo dunked off of Thompson’s assist to put the Kings up 93-92, Williams hit his ninth three-pointer with 1:43 remaining to put the Tropang GIGA ahead, 95-93.
Brownlee threw away a potential game-winning pass while attempting to steal victory for Ginebra. Hollis-Jefferson sealed TNT’s championship victory with two free throws at the end of regulation.
In this best-of-seven matchup, TNT entered the game holding a 3-2 series advantage.