PBA: Brownlee is the man as Ginebra dominates NLEX
Paul Lintag on Jun 23, 2019 09:33 PM
Brownlee was on fire against the Road Warriors, dropping 37 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists for the defending champs as the barangay won back-to-back games in the mid-season joust. (PBA)
BATANGAS CITY — Stanley Pringle just debuted for Ginebra but Justin Brownlee remains as the team’s brightest star.
Ginebra’s super import balled out Sunday here, leading the Gin Kings to a convincing 100-85 win over NLEX in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Brownlee was on fire against the Road Warriors, dropping 37 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists for the defending champs as the barangay won back-to-back games in the mid-season joust.
Ginebra moved to 4-3 with the win and it appears that the Gin Kings’ early conference struggles are behind them.
"We came out well in the third quarter. Justin and Stanley started really playing well together and that’s something we envisioned," head coach Tim Cone said.
"The key for us I think is keeping up defensively," he added.
After an up-and-down first half, the champs managed to break the game wide open in the third, eventually building a strong 27-point lead in the second half.
NLEX never recovered as Ginebra was simply overwhelming with its superior star power.
After Brownlee, the Gin Kings got a fine performance from the debuting Stanley Pringle who shot 60 percent for 16 points. LA Tenorio and Greg Slaughter likewise wound up in double figures, scoring 11 and 10 points respectively.
NLEX got 20 points from Poy Erram and 17 from import Tony Mitchell but the struggles continue for the Road Warriors.
With another loss, NLEX is almost eliminated with a 1-7 mark for last place in the Commissioner's Cup.
Ginebra 100 - Brownlee 37, Pringle 16, Tenorio 11, Slaughter 10, Aguilar 8, Caguioa 4, Caperal 4, Mariano 4, Thompson 3; Devance 3, R. Aguilar 0, Sargent 0, Teodoro 0.
NLEX 85 - Erram 20, Mitchell 17, Ighalo 13, Cruz 12, Quinahan 6, Galanza 6, Taulava 3, Soyud 3, Baguio 2, Tiongson 2, Lao 1, Rios 0, Paniamogan 0, Varilla 0.
Quarterscores: 27-17, 50-42, 80-63, 100-85.
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