Justin Brownlee and Barangay Ginebra are back in familiar spot deep into the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs.
Brownlee dished out a vintage Brownlee performance with reserve gunner Jeff Chan recalling his own old deadly form as the Gin Kings finished off the NLEX Road Warriors, 112-93, to clinch the first spot in the best-of-seven finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Ginebra champion import put on display his champion heart, exploding for 47 points on top of 10 rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks.
“Life is easier when you have Justin Brownlee around,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone. “What a phenomenal performance that was by Justin. I’m amazed by it.”
So amazing was Brownlee who was all over the floor, buckling down to work early, leading their third-quarter breakaway and himself delivering the coup de grace in the 19-point win that sealed their fourth finals in the last five Governors’ Cup meets.
For the clincher, Ginebra coach Tim Cone had a magic bunot in Chan who responded with 20 markers laced with 5-of-8 three-point shooting.
LA Tenorio made up for his crucial endgame booboos the last time out with a 14-point outing also marked by three rebounds, two assists and two steals.