Barangay Ginebra Kings Back On Top

The Barangay Ginebra Kings are back on top after they defeated the Air 21 Express 97-84 for the PBA Fiesta Conference Crown.

Best Player of the Conference Jayjay Helterbrand missed the game due to a hamstring injury. Mark Caguioa and Paul Artadi were slowed down by leg injuries. Junthy Valenzuela left the game in the third period due to tendonitis and did not return. Though handicapped by injuries, Ginebra was able to fuel their championship drive with their heart to win. Ronald Tubid and Erik Menk carried the load on their backs as they combined for 43 points and 17 rebounds. Tubid and Menk were eventually awarded as the Finals co-MVP. Chris Alexander was hounded by fouls in the game but still contributed 16 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks.

Steven Thomas led Air 21 with 24 points. Arwind Santos added 19 points while Gary David chipped in 18 points including four shots from beyond the arc.

It was an appropriate finish for an exciting best of seven series that could have gone in favor of both teams. Air 21 and Ginebra both deserve the crown, but only one team can win it all.



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