PBA: Hopefully we can bounce back from this -- Brownlee
Mark Escarlote on Aug 01, 2018 11:16 PM
Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee is keeping his hopes high despite the Gin Kings' 1-2 series deficit following a 38-point Game 3 loss.
Losing by 25 points is one thing.
But getting crushed by a 38-point margin could be devastating to one’s psyche.
Still, Barangay Ginebra Justin Brownlee is keeping the Gin Kings’ never-say-die spirit alive.
At least for now with Ginebra just looking at a 1-2 series deficit.
“It’s only one game. Hopefully, we can bounce back from this game and we’ll be better,” said Brownlee after the Ginebra’s 94-132 embarrassment Wednesday night in Game 3 of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals series at the Big Dome.
Brownlee was the lone bright spot in a rather bleak outing of the Gin Kings that duplicated the worst beating of a team in a championship series after two decades.
The Ginebra import toiled for 32 points and 11 rebounds but got anemic support from the locals with just the aging Mark Caguioa as the only other player tallying double-digit points with 12.
SMB blew the game wide-open in the second half with a 79-point explosion that saw the Beermen build a 40-point cushion in the last 47 seconds of the game.
“You gotta give a lot of credit to San Miguel, they came out and played tough, hard and they were really focused,” said Brownlee, the front-runner for the Best Import award. “They were very sharp. They came out shooting the ball well, executing and defending.”
Save for a late-game basket by Aljon Mariano, the Gin Kings were spared from having their team listed with the worst Finals losing margin.
At least Ginebra shares it with their tormentors, who in the 1998 All-Filipino Cup Finals Game 6 were wrecked by the then Tim Cone-mentored Alaska, 61-99.
The Gin Kings so far have a combined 63 points losing margin in back-to-back defeats.
Game 4 is on Friday.
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