Brgy. Ginebra fell to 0-2 in its best-of-five semifinals series with the TNT KaTropa in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup and pushed league’s most popular squad on the brink of being booted out of the same conference it won last season by dethroning the powerhouse San Miguel team.
New recruit Stanley Pringle personified the Gin Kings’ struggle in Game 2 by managing to score only 2 points in 44 minutes of play. The 32-year old Fil-Am also had a game-high 6 turnovers in what was indeed a forgettable outing for the league’s 2018 scoring champion.
Justin Brownlee still paced the team with 25 points but was way below his 34.2 scoring average in the 13 games he played prior to the semifinals. The reigning Best Import also laid a big fat egg in the assists department.
“Sometimes it’d be like that, but you just gotta give them a lot of credit. You know, we missed some shots today, yeah, but their defense has just been very tough,” said the 3-time PBA champion on the suffocating TNT defense.
“They got a lot of guys who can defend and even their team concept has been really good. It’s giving us problems,” added Brownlee.
With the defending champs facing outright elimination in Game 3, the 31-year old naturalization candidate said that the team’s ‘never say die’ mantra would now come in handy.
“Just having that never-say-die type of attitude. I know coach will definitely go make some adjustments now we’re down 0-2. So just come in and see what he got to say and then approach the game with a never-say-die type attitude.”