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Ginebra opens Governor's Cup title defense with Meralco finals rematch

Barangay Ginebra begins its title-retention bid in the PBA Governor’s Cup on Sunday with a rematch against 2016 finals opponent Meralco.

Ginebra won its first crown in 8 years by putting away Meralco, 4-2, during last year’s best-of-7 finals, thanks to the series-clinching, buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Justin Brownlee.

Justin Brownlee of Ginebra and Allen Durham of Meralco face off for the 1st time since last year's PBA Governor's Cup finals. PBA Media Bureau
The teams' American players from that series are returning this conference, with Brownlee back and Best Import winner Allen Durham suiting up for Meralco again.

Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m. at Araneta Coliseum, after the Star-Blackwater game at 4:30 p.m.

Ginebra is expected to welcome back Greg Slaughter, who is coming off a lengthy layoff because of injury.

Meralco, which opened the conference with an emphatic win over Blackwater on Friday, will lean on the resurgent play of Baser Amer and new acquisition Garvo Lanete.

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/07/22/17/pba-ginebra-opens-governors-cup-title-defense-with-meralco-finals-rematch

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