PBA: Gin Kings pass Alaska test after 45 from Brownlee
Paul Lintag on Sep 02, 2018 09:29 PM
45 points, 11 reboubds, and nine assists for Justin Brownlee.
Two-time defending champion Brgy. Ginebra passes an early test from Alaska... largely because of Justin Brownlee.
Actually, the Gin Kings pass the Alaska test solely because of Justin Brownlee.
The prolific Ginebra import fired 45 points as the Gin Kings stopped the previously-undefeated Aces, 109-101, Sunday at the Big Dome in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup.
For good measure, Brownlee also grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out nine assists.
"We're happy to beat Alaska on a back-to-back," said head coach Tim Cone
"We used a lot of energy to try and escape Columbian two nights ago and now we face Alaska which is really tough because they just sap your energy," he added.
Up by only five with less than three minutes to go, Brownlee proceeded to score the next 11 points for the Gin Kings to keep Alaska at bay.
Brownlee finished with 17 points in the fourth quarter alone and 33 in the second half.
Japeth Aguilar backed him up with 24 points while Kevin Ferrer was the only other Ginebra player in double figures with 11 markers.
The win pushed Ginebra to 2-0 in the standings so far and the Aces dropped to 3-1.
Alaska got 28 points from Vic Manuel and another 23 from Mike Harris however, the imposing import failed to finish the game after suffering a tweaked ankle.
Chris Banchero added 21 points and 10 assists for Alaska.
GINEBRA 109 -- Brownlee 45, J. Aguilar 24, Ferrer 11, Slaughter 9, Thompson 8, Chan 5, Caguioa 4, Tenorio 3, Mariano 0.
ALASKA 101 -- Manuel 28, Harris 23, Banchero 21, Baclao 10, Racal 7, Enciso 5, Casio 3, Exciminiano 2, Magat 2, Teng 0.
Quarters: 20-14, 36-34, 73-65, 109-101.
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