PBA: Can Brownlee and Gin Kings win a title as no. 1 seed?
Paul Lintag on Nov 04, 2018 10:36 PM
In each of their three titles with Brownlee, the Gin Kings' highest seeding was 3rd. They won the 2018 Commissioner's Cup as the no. 5 seed.
Brgy. Ginebra is going for another title.
The Gin Kings go for a three-peat in the PBA Governors' Cup and their playoff journey in 2018 will start against NLEX Tuesday.
After beating TNT Sunday, Ginebra locked up the no. 1 seed in the season-ending joust with their 9-2 record a full game better than the nearest contender.
However, being the no. 1 seed doesn't mean much for the Gin Kings.
Last week after winning Manila Clasico, Ginebra head coach Tim Cone said that being a no. 1 seed is just "pogi points" and just adds more pressure to a team.
Super import Justin Brownlee agrees.
"I definitely agree, you come at number 1, you will [sometimes] get a little complacent and a little less hungry," Brownlee said Sunday.
"And teams, they're gonna be gunning for you for sure. We know that," he added.
The last time the Gin Kings were no. 1 in the PBA with Justin Brownlee, they missed out on the Finals, losing to TNT in the semifinals of the 2017 Commissioner's Cup.
In each of their three titles with Brownlee, the Gin Kings' highest seeding was 3rd.
After the disappointment from a year ago, Ginebra would look to have a different result as the no. 1 team now and they look to complete a Governors' Cup trifecta.
"We're lucky we've been in this situation before," Brownlee said.
"Hopefully, from the last time, we can learn from it and we can be better," he added.
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