Ginebra import Justin Brownlee leaps forward. PHOTO REQUEST / TRISTAN TAMAYO
MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra importer Justin Brownlee isn't the one looking ahead, even though his team is a win from the PBA Governors & Cup championship.
The Gin Kings compete with the unfortunate Meralco, reinforced by a 94-72 strike by the Bolts, with a 3: 1 lead in the best-of-seven race.
The Bolts, who lost to Ginebra twice in a row at the same conference, seemed to have given in to Ginebra's tremendous pressure, but Brownlee didn't let up a bit.
"To be honest, I can't say. I don't even pay attention to [Meralco’s body language]," said Brownlee.
"I still see them as a dangerous team and they have probably lost some confidence, but I think Friday [Game 5] is about to change and they will be confident of what they can do to force it to do so in a game 7th ”
Still, Brownlee wants this series to be over and lead the Gin Kings to the third Governors' Cup in four years and the fourth time as a PBA import.
"I've been super motivated since we lost at this conference last year," said Brownlee, who missed a 5×5 stat line with 27 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, five steals, and four blocks.
"We definitely want to end this on Friday and not allow them to get any rhythm or impulse."
In order not to miss the best import award for this conference, Brownlee said his rival Allen Durham, who won third place, fully deserved the award.
"It would have been great to win him, but Allen deserved it after everything he did," said Brownlee, who was named the best import in the Commissioner’s Cup.
"Every time he is here in the Philippines, he has strengthened this team and made them play great basketball."
"His team plays at the highest level, so I think he deserves it. He fought for what he deserved."
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