Justin Brownlee had the hot hand with 7 triples for a conference-high 39 points as Barangay Ginebra San Miguel routed the GlobalPort Batang Pier, 96-85, in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday, June 6, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Brownlee added 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the Gin Kings, who pulled away in the third quarter and built leads of up to 25 points.
The top seeded Ginebra finished off GlobalPort in just one game and will advance to the best-of-5 semifinals against either TNT or Meralco, who have yet to conclude their series.
“I thought we defended really well tonight, especially with Stanley (Pringle). He’s an explosive player and he looked a little worn out tonight. We challenged (Terrence) Romeo to beat our bigs and for moments, he did make big shots and tough shots, but we just kept the defense on him and didnt let him use his ball screens,” explained coach Tim Cone.
“I think the game turned when Japeth (Aguilar) began dominating the paint in the third quarter. He blocked shots, he changed shots and I thought that really made the difference for the game. And when Justin (Brownlee) is knocking down his shots, that helps a lot. But I thought the defense of Japeth was the key on what we needed in this game.”