Ferrer taking over Brownlee's role key to Ginebra's All-Filipino run
Paul Lintag on Feb 27, 2017 04:30 PM
The key for Ginebra making an incredible Finals run in the All-Filipino was finding local replacement for the versatile Brownlee. That replacement goes by the name of Kevin Ferrer (Photo courtesy of the PBA).
Remember when Brgy. Ginebra was struggling in the Philippine Cup because the team was basically missing the presence of import Justin Brownlee?
Well, the Gin Kings are no longer struggling, in fact, they're locked in in a heated Finals series against two-time defending champion San Miguel Beer.
And the key for Ginebra making an incredible Finals run in the All-Filipino was finding local replacement for the versatile Brownlee.
That replacement goes by the name of Kevin Ferrer.
The rookie out of UST announce his entrance to the PBA Finals in Game 2 Sunday at Lucena City. The former Growling Tiger exploded for 21 points, 18 in an incredible shooting display in the second quarter.
His scoring outburst helped turn an eight-point Ginebra lead into a 24-point cushion at halftime.
"I mean, that's Kevin. He's a rhythm shooter. When he gets it going, you better know where he is, he's a lot like Lassiter in that regard. You gotta find him and locate him," head coach Tim Cone said about his prized rookie.
"That's why we added him, that's why we wanted him so badly because he adds that element to our team that we don't normally have," he added.
While Ferrer remains a raw prosepct on so many aspects of the game and even sometimes tends to disrupt Ginebra's natural flow, Ferrer gives Ginebra basically the same things Brownlee used to provide for the Gin Kings.
And we all know what happened with Ginebra when Brownlee was in uniform.
"He's been key this whole conference. I think, in terms of giving us that extra dimension that we had when we had Justin Brownlee," Cone said.
"We had Justin Brownlee, and he was doing a lot of the stuff that Kevin is doing for us now. In fact, they play a similar game, the two of them. It's just that Justin is an NBA-quality player, and that's the big difference. But he adds that dimension that we lacked, so he's been real key for us," the veteran champion coach added.
Thankful for the high praise, Ferrer vows just to keep doing what he does best to help Ginebra's drive for the championship.
"Wow, iba yun ah. Thank you kay coach na naku-kumpara ako kay Brownlee," he said.
"I did my best lang. Ayun, ayun ang game plan, pag libre, tira lang talaga. Sabi nila, kumpyansa lang, okay lang. Kailangan sundin namin yung plano lang," Ferrer added.
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