Jun 17, 2019

Barangay Ginebra reaches another milestone with 1,000 wins

Barangay Ginebra earned another page in the league's history book with its latest milestone.

Led by import Justine Brownlee, who played 53 minutes of no-relief job, the Kings held off San Miguel Beer, 110-107, in overtime on Sunday to give the franchise its 1,000th victory in Asia's first play for pay league.

In so doing, Ginebra became only the second team to reach the milestone next to San Miguel Beer.

"It shows na capable din ang Ginebra na manalo ng ganun karami," offered Ginebra guard LA Tenorio, who had won 181 games with the team since joining the Kings in 2012.

The remarkable feat was four decades in the making from the time the La Tondena franchise joined the PBA in 1979 as an expansion team.

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Then known as Gilbey's Gin, its founding members were Lucrecio Dacula, Ricafort Mallari, Norberto Rivera, Ulysses Rodriguez, Ernesto de Leon, Jesusito Martin, Porfirio Rodriguez, Bienvenido dela Cruz and Roehl Deles.

The team gained popularity in 1984 with the acquisition of Robert Jaworski and Francis Arnaiz following the disbandment of the fabled Toyota franchise.

While Ginebra and San Miguel continue to rack up wins, Alaska appears on course to become the third member of the exclusive club. The Aces have so far put together 971 victories. (JT)