Brownlee's PBA career high carries Ginebra back to the Finals
Paul Lintag on Oct 08, 2017 09:29 PM
Ginebra's victory sets up a Finals rematch against top-seed Meralco. Game 1 will tip off on October 13 at Lucena City.
Brgy. Ginebra will get the chance to properly defend its Governors' Cup title.
The Gin Kings are through to the Finals of the PBA's season-ending conference, scoring a 115-105 come-from-behind win over TNT in Game 4 of the semis Sunday at the Big Dome.
Taking full advantage of Glen Rice Jr.'s early ejection, Justin Brownlee set a new PBA career-high of 46 points, powering the Gin Kings to a 3-1 series win.
The victory sets up a Finals rematch against top-seed Meralco. Game 1 will tip off on October 13 at Lucena City.
Down by two, 92-94, with 7:28 to go, the Gin Kings fired a 12-0 run to take control of the game. Brownlee first hit a booming three to finally give the lead to Ginebra, 97-94, before another triple courtesy of LA Tenorio capped the crucial rally, 104-94.
Before that final run, Ginebra had to first claw its way back from an 18-point deficit early in the second half as the KaTropa flipped the switch following Rice's exit.
WIth Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario leading the way, TNT opened up a 72-54 lead before Brownlee almost single-handedly carried the Gin Kings on his back, dropping 16 points in the third to set up a wild finish.
"We were just fortunate Glen Rice went out, but it was still a great game. They were making shots, it qas quite frustrating in the first half," said head coach Tim Cone.
"But our guys came collected in the second half and started playing like we do," he added.
On top of his 46 points, 28 coming in the second half, Brownlee also grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out five assists. LA Tenorio was the top local for the champs, dropping 25 points while Greg Slaughter added another 21.
Rosario led the way for TNT, coming through with 28 points and 10 rebounds while Castro was good for 26 points, seven rebounds, and nine assists.
However, with Rice out, the KaTropa really had no one else to turn to in the second half. The TNT import finished with only two points, three rebounds, and five assists in 10 minutes of play.
GINEBRA 115 - Brownlee 46, Tenorio 25, Slaughter 21, Mercado 11, Aguilar 6, Ferrer 4, Caguioa 2, Thompson 0, Devance 0.
TNT 105 - Rosario 28, Castro 26, Pogoy 14, Semerad 12, Williams 10, Tautuaa 9, Reyes 4, Rice Jr. 2, Golla 0, Carey 0, Nuyles 0, Hernandez 0, Seigle 0.
Quarters: 32-41, 52-66, 80-86, 115-105.
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