PBA: Coach Tim says Ginebra cannot be too reliant on Justin Brownlee

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 21, 2018 10:16 PM
PBA: Coach Tim says Ginebra cannot be too reliant on JB32
While Justin Brownlee could not be stopped, coach Tim is only hoping Ginebra's other guys also get going

Justin Brownlee was two points shy of his career-high on Saturday.

Scoring 46 points built on eight triples, Brownlee was the reason Ginebra was able to hold off Rain or Shine and hang onto a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five semifinals series.

By his lonesome, in fact, he outscored Rain or Shine in the first half, 25-23, and behind his scorching start, the Gin Kings had a lead of as much as 25. “It was definitely unexpected, but I just wanted to keep staying aggressive,” he told reporters post-game.

He then continued, “Every time I shot, I felt it was going in so whenever I feel like that, I just want to stay aggressive and help the team win.”

For head coach Tim Cone, though, a bit more balance also would have been a bit better. “I think we got a little bit too Justin-reliant. In that first half, he had 25 points and we just thought it was going to continue to be like that, but they (Rain or Shine) picked up the defense and the physicality and we struggled with it,” he said.

Indeed, the lead Brownlee built was almost not enough as the Elasto Painters battled back to as close as two points before time ran out on them.

In the second half, the American had 19 of the crowd favorites’ 29 points and LA Tenorio and Greg Slaughter were the only other players to contribute in the scoring column.

And in the end, Tenorio was the only other Ginebra player in double-digits.

As they try to wrap up the series two days from now, coach Tim is challenging his other guys to step up – especially in the face of a battle-tested Rain or Shine side. “If we don’t come out with a bit more poise and a bit more fight, they’re gonna come out and get Game 4 easy,” he said.

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