Justin Brownlee lost in the race for the Best Import award for the third straight time to compatriot Allen Durham and let his game do the talking as the 31-year old American powered Brgy. Ginebra to a 22-point dismantling of Meralco, 94-72, in Game 4 of the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Brownlee finished with 27 points, 15 in the pivotal second period, to lead the Gin Kings to its second straight victory in the championship round to move one win away from reclaiming the throne.
Game 5 of the best-of-seven series is set on Friday, January 17 at the MOA Arena in Pasay City with the Tim Cone mentored-squad holding a 3-1 edge.
“I thought we did a really, good methodical job, We were very methodical of breaking them down on the offensive side and then we did a great job against Durham,” said Cone.
“We held him to eight points at halftime and it was amazing. You’d got to do that to a player like that, you better win the basketball game,” he added.
The Brgy. Ginebra resident reinforcement, who was chosen as Player of the Game, also contributed 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals and 4 blocks in another display of all-around brilliance.
Stanley Pringle dazzled the predominantly Brgy. Ginebra crown with 21 points while Scottie Thompson and LA Tenorio chipped in 16 and 8 markers, respectively.
Durham paced the Bolts with 21 points and 27 rebounds while Chris Newsome and Raymond Almazan added 12 points apiece.
Brgy. Ginebra 94 – Brownlee 27, Pringle 21, Thompson 16, Tenorio 8, Dillinger 7, Aguilar 5, Caguioa 5, Mariano 3, Slaughter 2, Caperal 0, Chan 0, Dela Cruz 0.
Meralco 72 – Durham 21, Newsome 12, Almazan 12, Quinto 7, Salva 6, Maliksi 6, Caram 4, Amer 2, Hodge 2, Faundo 0, Jackson 0, Pinto 0.
Quarterscores: 14-14, 42-31, 70-55, 94-72.