Brgy. Ginebra’s bid to retain the Commissioner’s Cup crown fell short as the Gin Kings succumbed to the Terrence Jones-powered TNT KaTropa in Game 4 of the two teams’ best-of-five semifinal series to formally close out its campaign in the mid-season conference.
The KaTropa clinched the series, 3-1, to advance to the Finals of the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup where it will face San Miguel in a best-of-seven affair which will kick off on Sunday, August 4 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
TNT’s last Finals appearance was in the 2017 edition of the same conference wherein it bowed to the Charles Rhodes-reinforced Beermen in 6 games, 4-2. The KaTropa had Joshua Smith as its import.
Aside from failing to defend the crown, reigning Best Import Justin Brownlee feels that his shot of winning the award again went down the drain as well.
“He makes it to the finals, so he gets it. That’s how it usually happens, I think so,” said Brownlee during the post-game presser.
The 31-year old, 3-time PBA champion topped the statistical race after the quarterfinal round with 61.8 SPs while Jones as a close second with 60.2 SPs. Brownlee took the scoring honors with an average of 34.2 points while Jones was the top assist man with 7.4 per game.
SMB import Chris McCullough was a far 3rd with 53.8 SPs.
The soft-spoken and well-loved Brgy. Ginebra import, however, has nothing but good words for the former Houston Rockets forward.
“He got guard skills and he’s 6-foot-9 or 6-foot-10. He’s pretty heavy as well so defending him, whether he’s inside or outside, you know he can give you problems,” said Brownlee who will suit up once more for the Gin Kings in the upcoming Governor’s Cup which is set to open on September 20.