PBA: Gin Kings fell right into Magnolia's trap says Brownlee after Game 1 loss
Paul Lintag on Nov 11, 2018 02:15 PM
With Justin Brownle scoring 20 points, the Gin Kings fired 39 points in the opening period to start Manila Clasico. It was all Ginebra. The only problem was it was all Magnolia the rest of the game.
Brgy. Ginebra is an overwhelming force, the Gin Kings can certainly take over a game in a snap.
The reigning two-time champs displayed that kind of explosiveness in Game 1 of the 2018 Governors' Cup semifinals Saturday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
With Justin Brownle scoring 20 points, the Gin Kings fired 39 points in the opening period to start Manila Clasico.
It was all Ginebra.
The only problem was it was all Magnolia the rest of the game and the Hotshots actually pulled through for an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-5.
"Man, kind of fell into a trap tonight. Give credit to Magnolia, they came out and played an incredible game," import Justin Brownlee said after the Gin Kings dropped the opener.
"I think we fell into the trap of playing their game. I think we just gotta get back into playing our game," he added.
After an explosive first quarter for Ginebra, Magnolia's signature defense kicked in and dominated the Gin Kings.
When that happened, Brownlee felt that Ginebra became a little stubborn and tried to force the issue on offense instead of responding to the Hotshots and turn the game into a defensive struggle.
"I think we got dependent on our offense. We didn't focus on our defense anymore," said Ginebra's super import.
"I think we juts fell in love with our offense because we were scoring so well. But we gotta remember we're a defense-first team and I think that was just the biggest difference after that first quarter," Brownlee added.
Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8