Justin Brownlee emerged from Game 1 of Brgy. Ginebra’s semifinal series with top-seeded TNT with just 23 points, way below his league-leading scoring average of 34.2 per game.
Of the 23, the reigning Best Import of the Commissioner’s Cup managed to score only 1 point in the payoff period.
As a result, Jones and the rest of the KaTropa outscored the defending champs, 25-14, in the pivotal 4th to pull off a 95-92 victory and establish a 1-0 series lead.
“We didn’t expect that and I didn’t either. But like I said, he did a really good job. I didn’t expect that and just got to give a lot of credit to him,” said Brownlee on Jones’ defense on him in the final frame.
“Just got to give a lot of credit to Talk ‘N Text, I think they did a really good job, especially Jones. He came out and defended me very well. I think we could do a better job getting a better offensive rhythm. Just tip my hat to them,” added the 3-time PBA champion.
Going into Game 2, Brownlee stressed the need for his team to cut down on turnovers which was a big factor in the team’s collapse in the series opener.
“Just really turnovers, keep the turnovers down and just try to really move the ball and focus on everybody getting involved.”