MANILA, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra saved its stranglehold on the PBA Governors’ Cup and on the Meralco Bolts on Friday evening, extending a one-sided rivalry to a complete of 4 conferences.
The Gin Kings have been having fun with that dominance for one easy cause, in accordance with coach Tim Cone.
“Let me simply say …. the distinction between us and Meralco, during the last 4 years, in profitable these championships, actually, is that I’ve—we have now—Justine Brownlee,” he stated on the heels of a 103-92 Recreation 6 close-out victory at a full home Mall of Asia Area.
“That’s the underside line,” he went on. “Sorry, Scottie (Thompson). But it surely’s true. If Justin was on the opposite aspect of the ground, I’d assume we’d have a extremely onerous time.”
Brownlee, the beloved Gin Kings import, has helped Cone and the favored franchise to 5 titles. He has backstopped the membership a complete of eight occasions since coming in as a alternative for Paul Harris again in 2016.
It could possibly be recalled that Brownlee hit a troublesome triple over Meralco counterpart Allen Durham to win the 2016 Governors’ Cup on the buzzer.
“I positively admire the praise, particularly it coming from (coach Cone),” the American instructed reporters. “However in fact, I don’t need to take an excessive amount of credit score in that facet. You recognize, I simply satisfaction myself in attempting to do regardless of the group wants as an import.”
“We’ve been blessed to have Justin all this time, and that’s been the distinction for us,” Cone went stated of his ward, who got here by within the essential third interval of Recreation 6 and completed with 24 factors, 16 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Brownlee’s efficiency that evening additionally put him forward of the nice Billy Ray Bates, additionally a fellow Ginebra import, within the PBA’s all-time scoring checklist for imports.
“Like I’ve stated, he’s particular. I’ve been saying, he’s not gonna be round without end, so that you higher come to the coliseum and watch him play,” Cone stated.
“He’s not gonna be round without end, and he’s particular,” he added.
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