Justin Brownlee suffered his third loss to Allen Durham in the race for the Best Import of the Governors’ Cup and it all happened during the three times that they faced each other in the Finals.
On the bright side, the well-loved Brgy. Ginebra resident reinforcement is on the verge of winning the title of the season-ending conference over his Meralco counterpart for the third straight time.
For Gin Kings coach Tim Cone, his prized import is more into winning championships than collecting individual accolades.
“He really cares about winning for the team, not for himself. He is really special that way. He isn’t really about awards. He is about championships. That’s why we love him so much,” said Cone.
“Justin is Justin. Even though he didn’t win the Best Import award, he is still going to go down as one of the best imports, at least in Ginebra history, and maybe PBA history,” he added.
On the night that Durham won the award, Brownlee went off and dropped 27 points to go along with 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals and 4 blocked shots to power the crowd darlings to a 22-point win over the Bolts for a commanding 3-1 edge and just one win away from reclaiming the throne they surrendered to the Magnolia Hotshots last season.
And Cone believes that Brownlee’s outstanding Game 4 performance has nothing to do with him losing the award.
“I think maybe subconsciously, it was. I wouldn’t say that he would say that’s the case. He wouldn’t come out here and say I’m upset that I lost the Best Import award and that’s why I played hard,” explained the 21-time PBA champion mentor.