PBA: Brownlee scores 46 to save Ginebra's title
Paul Lintag on Nov 14, 2018 09:28 PM
Justin Brownlee refused to lose and Ginebra is back in Manila Clasico.
This one is all Never Say Die.
Two-time champion Brgy. Ginebra saved its title Wednesday, scoring a come-from-behind 107-103 win over Magnolia in Game 3 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals at the Big Dome.
Import Justin Brownlee tied his career-high with 46 points to will the Gin Kings to victory, erasing an 18-point Magnolia lead for the win. Ginebra also cut its series deficit in half, 1-2.
Brownlee scored 18 points in the third period to lead Ginebra's comeback fro a deep first-half hole. Then, with time winding down in the fourth, he got a hand in Paul Lee's long go-ahead triple to help preserve the Gin Kings' win.
"We weren't playing well at all. We were a little bit gigil, we didn't show the NSD [Never Say Die]," head coach Tim Cone said.
"But we're proud to represent NSD and it didn't look like it at halftime. Somehow we did it. We're happy to be alive and kicking, but that's not what we're here for, we're here to win the series," he added.
After erasing an 18-point deficit in the second half, the Gin Kings controlled majority of the fourth and even led by as many as 11 points, 100-89, with five minutes to go.
But the Hotshots would storm back with Paul Lee hitting a deep three to cut the deficit to two points, 99-101.
Import Romeo Travis then scored back-to-back layups for Magnolia for a 103-101 lead with 53 seconds remaining.
Scottie Thompson would follow up an LA Tenorio miss to tie the game at 103 just nine seconds later and after a Hotshots turnover, Tenorio would make up for his earlier miss with a go-ahead floater, leading 14 seconds on the clock.
After Brownlee, Ginebra locals struggled all game long but Thompson was able to put together 15 points while Tenorio added 14, 11 in the fourth period.
For the Hotshots, they waste an opportunity to advance but they get another chance with Game 4 set for Friday.
Mark Barroca led Magnolia with 19 points and Lee was good for 17. However, Travis, who was brilliant in the first two games, struggled for a career-low 12 points in the loss.
Ginebra 107 - Brownlee 46, Thompson 15, Tenorio 14, Aguilar 11, Devance 8, Chan 5, Mercado 3, Slaughter 3, Caperal 0, Ferrer 0.
Magnolia 103 - Barroca 19, Lee 17, Sangalang 16, Travis 12, Jalalon 10, Brondial 10, Dela Rosa 8, Simon 5, Melton 3, Reavis 3, Herndon 0, Gamalinda 0.
Quarters: 23-22, 41-58, 79-81, 107-103.
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