Brownlee on Ginebra's size advantage over TNT: What goes around comes around
Paul Lintag on Oct 02, 2017 11:25 PM
With Justin Brownlee, Joe Devance, Japeth Aguilar, and Greg Slaughter, Ginebra easily has the best frontline in the PBA.
The last time TNT and Ginebra faced each other in a playoff series, the Gin Kings had it rough.
With the towering Joshua Smith manning the middle, the KaTropa imposed their will all over the Gin Kings, taking an easy 3-1 win to advance to the Finals of the Commissioner's Cup.
Fast forward to a couple of months and both teams are in the semifinals again, this time, the tables have definitely turned.
With Smith no longer in town and TNT all of a sudden having a rather thin frontline, it's Ginebra that has an overwhelming size advantage.
Aside from import Justin Brownlee, Japeth Aguilar, and Joe Devance, the Gin Kings welcomed Greg Slaughter back in the fold and the best big man rotation in the league now easily belongs to the defending Governors' Cup champions.
Obviously, Ginebra is not afraid to take advantage of its new-found strength every chance it can get.
"What goes around comes around," Brownlee said with a laugh after the champs rousing 121-94 win over TNT in Game 1 of the semifinals.
"Hopefully we just continue to take advantage of it. We got Greg and Japeth down there, every chance we get we want to take advantage of that for sure," he added, talking about his team's imposing size.
Playing all four bigs with LA Tenorio running the point early in the game, the Gin Kings did manage to create some separation against the KaTropa, taking a 31-22 lead after the first quarter.
Brownlee, Devance, Slaughter, and Aguilar accounted for 26 of those points.
It was all Ginebra the rest of the way.
"They did us pretty bad [last time] but it's just good to start off, get the first game. We were just looking in and try to put a lot of effort, be aggressive and try to get this," Brownlee said.
"But we know TNT is a tough team, they will come out and make adjustments and we just gotta be prepared. Whatever we're running, we just gotta run it with great purpose and do what we want to do," he added.
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