Justin Brownlee displayed the form that made him one of the best imports ever to play in the PBA by scattering a game-high 46 points to lead Brgy. Ginebra past previously unbeaten Bay Area, 111-93, Sunday night in the elimination round of the PBA Season 47 Commissioner’s Cup at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
The 34-year old, 2-time Best Import awardee fired 18 points in a 3rd quarter breakaway run which gave the Gin Kings a 19-point advantage going into the payoff period after entering the halftime break up by just 2, 50-48. He shot 17-of-26 from the field including 4-of-9 from beyond the arc and also tallied 12 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in almost 38 minutes of superb play.
The crowd darlings led by as much as 28 en route to their 2nd win in 3 starts while dealing the Dragons their first loss after opening the conference with 4 consecutive wins.
“I don’t think we did anything special. We didn’t do any zones or stuff like that. We just played our basic defense, and played it really,. really well. I thought the intensity level of our team was sky-high,” said Brgy. Ginebra head coach Tim Cone during the post-game press conference.
“That was really the key to playing them. That felt like a Finals game to us. It really did. And I had that feeling all the way through the day. You asked earlier if we were motivated, and yes, we were motivated,” he added.
“That’s certainly the best part of what we did tonight, our defense. We really wanted to come out and try to defend.”
Jamie Malonzo wowed the crowed with several highlight plays and ended up with 17 points while Christian Standhardinger and Stanley Pringle chipped in 11 and 10 markers, respectively.
Reigning league MVP Scottie Thompson was his usual self and finished with a statline of 8 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, steals and 2 blocks.
Jeremiah Gray made his PBA and Brgy. Ginebra debut and contributed 5 points and 3 boards in the rousing victory.
The Gin Kings take a 4-day break before going for their 3rd straight win when they clash with the struggling Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters on Friday, October 14, 5:45pm at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Brgy. Ginebra 111 – Brownlee 46, Malonzo 17, Standhardinger 11, Pringle 10, Thompson 8, J.Aguilar 5, Gray 5, Pessumal 3, Onwubere 2, Tenorio 2, Pinto 2, R.Aguilar 0, Mariano 0.
Bay Area 93 – Nicholson 28, Yang 15, Lam 13, Blankley 8, Liu 8, Ewing 8, Si 5, Reid 4, Zhu 2, Zheng 2, Song 0, Liang 0, Ju 0.
Quarterscores: 26-28, 50-48, 85-66, 111-93.