Brownlee books playoff ticket for Ginebra after downing San Miguel

ABS-CBN Sports on May 21, 2017 10:01 PM
Brownlee books playoff ticket for Ginebra after downing SMB
THE CLOSER. Justin Brownlee yet again provided both the steady hands and clutch credentials for Ginebra.

Of course, Ginebra’s 20-point lead in the first half was never going to be safe against San Miguel on Sunday at the MOA Arena.

Fortunately for them, they just so happen to have one of the most capable closers in the league today.

American reinforcement Justin Brownlee steadied the ship in the endgame as the Gin Kings weathered oncoming San Miguel, 107-99, in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

In the end, Brownlee had 34 points, seven coming in the last three minutes, to go along with 12 rebounds, four blocks, and three steals to carry Ginebra to a 6-2 standing.

With the win, they assured themselves of a place in the playoffs. “It’s a big win for us. Hopefully, we can keep pushing forward,” head coach Tim Cone expressed.

The Gin Kings seemed to be well on their way to a convincing victory, blasting off to a 31-15 start after the first quarter and a 38-18 lead early in the second quarter. “We caught them a little flat in the beginning of the game and we were able to take advantage of that,” Cone said.

The 20-point lead was slowly but surely erased by the Beermen, however, and Alex Cabagnot pulled them to within three, 90-93, with 2:50 remaining.

Brownlee then brought the quick counter for Ginebra and scored all but three points in a 9-2 run that re-established a 102-92 advantage in their favor. “That definitely was good perseverance from our guys tonight,” Cone said.

Still, Cabagnot again had San Miguel threatening at 99-105 with 15 ticks to go only to have LA Tenorio and his layup close out the contest for the Gin Kings.

Tenorio wound up with 20 points, eight assists, and six rebounds while Scottie Thompson also added an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double for the crowd favorites.

Charles Rhodes and Cabagnot fronted the effort for San Miguel with 26 and 20 points, respectively. Their slow start doomed them in the end, however, and dropped them to a similar 6-2 record with their conquerors.

BOX SCORES

GINEBRA 107 - Brownlee 34, Tenorio 20, Thompson 18, Devance 16, Aguilar 5, Ferrer 5, Mercado 3, Marcelo 2, Cruz 2, Caguioa 2, Ellis 0.

SAN MIGUEL 99 - Rhodes 26, Cabagnot 20, Santos 19, Fajardo 13, Lassiter 10, Ross 7, Espinas 4, Heruela 0, Semerad 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 31-15, 52-39, 80-65, 107-99.

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