Defense still key to Ginebra's championship chase

Paul Lintag on Oct 03, 2017 02:09 PM
Defense still key to Ginebra's championship chase
Justin Brownlee says that the key to Ginebra's recent turnaround is defense.

After limping to the playoffs, losing two of its last three games, it appears that Ginebra's title defense is back on track.

In two playoff games so far, the Gin Kings have a combined margin of victory of 47 points, beating quality opponents.

Ginebra crushed San Miguel's Grand Slam hopes in the quarterfinals, taking a 20-point win. To start the semifinals, the Gin Kings dominated the KaTropa all the way to a 27-point decision.

The offense looks like its back on track but the change in the level of performance comes directly from the way how the Gin Kings play defense.

"We do a few things differently offensively but I think the main thing is just coming out with a lot of aggression on defense," import Justin Brownlee said.

Against San Miguel, Ginebra practically forced Terrence Watson to beat them. It did not work for the Beermen.

Against TNT, the Gin Kings forced the KaTropa's top-2 weapons in Jayson Castro and Glen Rice Jr. to commit 13 turnovers.

"We really wanted to key in on those guys, they do a lot for their team offensively," Brownlee said.

With a clear path the the Finals now in place, the Gin Kings are bent on imposing their will on the non-glamorous side of the court in order to win back-to-back titles.

"We're just trying to get after guys, try to pressure them and try to dictate how we want to defend them instead of them dictating on how they want to attack us," Brownlee said.



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