Brgy. Ginebra disposed of NorthPort in four semifinal games to advance to the championship round of the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup.
The Gin Kings, who ruled the season-ending conference from 2016 to 2017, were sideswiped last year by eventual champion Magnolia in the semifinal round, 3-1, to unceremoniously bow out of their quest for a three-peat.
The crowd darlings, however, saw their path to reclaiming the crown a bit clearer after TNT took care of business and dethroned the defending champions in the quarterfinals of this year’s Governors’ Cup.
And with their 3-1 conquest of the Batang Pier, the Tim Cone-mentored squad booked a return trip to the Finals and now await the winner of the TNT vs Meralco semifinal tussle.
With the opportunity the reclaim the crown now one step closer, Brgy. Ginebra resident import Justin Brownlee is keeping his eyes on the big prize.
“I’m super motivated, I wish we could’ve had that three-peat last year unfortunately we came up short,” said Brownlee after Brgy. Ginebra’s 120-107 series-clinching win over NorthPort.
“It feels good to be in the finals, but at this point we’re not satisfied, we want to feel the greatest feeling. I’m just super proud of everybody, it just feels great and hopefully we can get another one,” added the well-loved reinforcement.
The much-awaited Finals return, however, will have to wait as the series won’t start until after the holidays.
“I don’t think we’ve ever had extended breaks in the semifinals and the finals but we just want to stay focused and try not to lose the mentality that we already got right now,” explained the 31-year old American.
“I love the excitement around Christmas here. A lot of Christmas lights and Christmas carols. Even the gifts from the team and everybody it’s been great. I definitely feel the Christmas spirit. Lots of sweets so we got to be careful and don’t gain too much weight,” added the 3-time PBA champion.