History repeated itself as Barangay Ginebra denied San Miguel a Grand Slam with a 100-97 quarterfinal win in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, November 24.
Import Justin Brownlee carried the scoring load and came up with a crucial defensive stop in the final minute for the Gin Kings, who capitalized on their twice-to-beat incentive to punch their ticket to the semifinals.
While he led the game in scoring with 41 points, it was on the defensive end where Brownlee shone the brightest after blocking a potential game-tying triple from Terrence Romeo as his side held on for the win.
Romeo found himself slightly open from beyond the arc with 13 seconds left only to witness Brownlee swat his shot out of bounds.
The Beermen had plenty of time to send the game to overtime but were forced to settle for a long Chris Ross trey which hit only the back iron as it signaled the end of their quest for a rare Triple Crown.
It was a déjà vu of sorts for Barangay Ginebra, which also prevented San Miguel from completing the feat done only 5 times in PBA history with a dominant quarterfinals win in the 2017 Governors’ Cup.