PBA: Brownlee, Ginebra test the magic of "Never Say Die" once again
Paul Lintag on Nov 16, 2018 06:09 AM
"Our team is all about the NSD, so that's what we're gonna try to carry on our shoulder," --- Justin Brownlee.
Never Say Die worked like magic in Game 3. Can it work again in Game 4?
Two-time champion Barangay Ginebra is up for another elimination game Friday and while the Gin Kings face overwhelming pressure once again, they're not changing too much in their approach.
Being too eager almost cost them in Game 3 but with their season and title on the line, the Gin Kings will still come out firing in Game 4 in order to force sudden death in Manila Clasico.
"Try to come in the same way, be aggressive, but also, you know, be smart in what you wanna do and just try to go out and do whatever you can do to win the game," import Justin Brownlee said as they face another do-or-die situation.
"Our team is all about the NSD, so that's what we're gonna try to carry on our shoulder," he added.
You might notice that Brownlee put an emphasis on smart play because that's what Ginebra will need to win once again in Game 4.
In Game 3, the Gin Kings forced things often early and it allowed the Hotshots to take full control, leading by as many as 18 points in the second half.
If not for Brownlee scoring a career-high 46 points, Magnolia would already be in the Finals.
But as Brownlee kept the Gin Kings afloat, the locals started to make plays and Ginebra eventually pulled off a stunning comeback win.
"Because we came out, we wanted to be aggressive but I think we’re just way too aggressive. You know, everybody wanted to win so bad, I think including myself," Brownlee said of their early Game 3 effort.
"We kinda just were not there and tried to do too much on our own instead of really depending on the team concepts and what we usually do. I think in that second half, we really showed what Ginebra basketball is all about," he added.
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