PBA: Aggressive Brownlee shines for Ginebra anew
Shooting 89.9 percent from the field, Brownlee scored 42 points in total on top of seven rebounds and nine assists vs. SMB.
Coach Tim Cone wants his Gin Kings to be aggressive in these playoffs and in Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals against San Miguel, Ginebra did just that.
Using an explosive start, the Gin Kings overwhelmed the Beermen to take an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 series. Ginebra was already up by 15 in the first quarter and were up 19 at the break.
Come the fourth period, the lead reached as high as 39 points.
No one was more aggressive for the Gin Kings than import Justin Brownlee, who scored 29 points in the first half, 18 in the opening period.
Shooting 89.9 percent from the field, Brownlee scored 42 points in total on top of seven rebounds and nine assists.
"Coach, he's been talking about this series, the whole playoffs, that we gotta try come out aggressive and win game one," Brownlee said.
"I was just trying to do exactly that: be aggressive, you know, look for my teammates, just try and take advantage of every advantage I did have. And let me got some shots going and gotta good rhythm," he added.
Game 1 was Brownlee's second 40-point performance in three outings in the playoffs.
Despite his high-scoring performances, Brownlee says its just a product of Cone's offensive system that allows him to flourish.
"I like to credit the offense that coach Tim gives us. That’s number one. His offense, you know, there are a lot of different reads and things you could do out there with it. So I try to mix it up, and then, my teammates, they always try to find me. Whether it’s giving me a nice pass or giving me a good screen, and things like that," he said.
"It just motivates me that they want me to score, they want me to be aggressive. I like it and I’m trying to embrace it," Brownlee added.
For the rest of the series, he'll just continue to take whetever the San Miguel defense gives him and try to play his game.
"I just try to take whatever the defense gives me. Just try to run the offense, just try to stay aggressive," Brownlee said.
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