PBA: Ginebra now the powerhouse, says San Miguel’s coach Leo
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 08, 2018 11:12 PM
Ginebra has emerged as, literally, the biggest threat to the San Miguel dynasty
Ginebra put an end to San Miguel’s hopes for a Grand Slam this season.
On Wednesday, Gin Kings dethroned the Beermen in six games in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Leo Austria, the head coach of the now-dethroned champions, only had high praises for the new kings of the conference. “We fell short because they played like a well-oiled machine. They kept on running. They kept on passing. They kept on making layups,” he told reporters post-game.
The multi-titled mentor then went on to single out Ginebra reinforcement Justin Brownlee who was a thorn on the side of San Miguel all throughout and had 31 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks, and two steals in the title-clinching win. “I think the big factor is Brownlee – he can do it all. He can play the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (positions),” he shared.
He then continued, “Any team will have a problem matching up with him because if you put bigger guys on him, he will play in the perimeter and if you put smaller guys, he will play in the shaded area.”
And so, with the Gin Kings winning the Commissioner’s Cup and all set to defend the title in the upcoming Governor’s Cup, for the first time in a long time, the Beermen are seeing another team ahead of them.
So much so that coach Leo said that Ginebra is the powerhouse for the next conference. “They’re the team to watch next conference because the import height limit is only 6-5 and they will have a lot of advantage because they have the size,” he said before mentioning Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Joe Devance, and even big guard Scottie Thompson as reasons.
He then continued, “I’m thinking that they are really a threat. They are emerging as the powerhouse team.”
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