Barangay Ginebra banked on a furious third period to pull the rug on the San Miguel Beermen and clinch the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, 93-77, Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Beloved import Justin Brownlee caught fire in the blistering period of Game Six, pouring 10 points. That led to Ginebra’s overwhelming clamping down of the Beermen 27-8.
The American cager went on to keep his foot on the pedal in the payoff period. He finished the game with 31 points, 19 rebounds, and seven assists.
“They are just a great team, they had a tough shooting night tonight. I felt very fortunate that we were only down by 3 points at halftime. 38-35, I said wow, we scored 35 points and we’re still in the game,” head coach Tim Cone said of the Beermen. “That was amazing, I think they were 1 of 11 from the 3-point line.
“But I told them, we did such a great job of just staying close, staying around, if we can jump out and get a little bit of a lead in the second half, then maybe we can start to get them to panic a little bit,” he added.