PBA: Ginebra can't 'win it all' says Justin Brownlee
Philip Matel on Nov 17, 2018 07:13 AM
Justin Brownlee was his usual self, tallying 32 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the season-ending 112-108 loss against rivals Magnolia Hotshots at the Ynares Center here.
ANTIPOLO CITY, RIZAL -- For the first time in the Justin Brownlee era, Ginebra won't be making the Governors' Cup Finals.
However, his team still got a title in Brownlee's third season with the team, a much tougher hill to climb in the Commissioner's Cup, where imports are taller by two inches than this conference.
Brownlee was his usual self, tallying 32 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the season-ending 112-108 loss to rivals Magnolia Hotshots at the Ynares Center here.
The agreeable import knows they had targets behind their backs this conference, and their opponents had found the key that ended their two-year reign.
"You definitely can't win it all. The two championships, the Governors' Cup that we won two in a row was great. A great one. But we understand that trying to win another one, it was going to be very tough," Brownlee shared.
"And like I said, we lost to a really tough team. Magnolia showed why they previously won championships. They showed like they're going to win another one."
It was a great season for the 6'5” forward, winning titles in the Asean Basketball League as a member of Alab Pilipinas along with Renaldo Balkman, then defeating his former teammate in the Commissioner's Cup in six games.
So what's next? Will he rejoin Balkman and towering 7'2 import PJ Ramos to the fold?
"Not sure. Probably just rest and have my body checked out. See if a few nicks and a few pains here and there. Just trying to make sure that my body's healthy and go from there."
Brownlee also tipped his hat off to opposing reinforcement Romeo Travis, who scored a career-high 50 points on virtually one leg, carrying himself, and his squad through a Grade 2 hamstring strain.
"I had played against him before a couple of years ago in France. He was a great player. He can definitely shoot the ball. His mid-range. Definitely gave us a lot of problems the whole series."
"He's an incredible player. He could do many things. He showed why he's an import in this league tonight."
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