PBA: Ginebra still can't fix its Brownlee dilemma

Paul Lintag on Jun 29, 2019 07:26 PM
PBA: Ginebra still can't fix its Brownlee dilemma
Needing an answer in the final period after giving up 45 points to the Fuel Masters in the third, the Gin Kings came up with 22 points in the last 12 minutes. 21 were courtesy of Brownlee.

For the longest time, Barangay Ginebra has been preaching about how they should not be too reliant on super import Justin Brownlee all the time.

Maybe the Gin Kings should really start practicing what they preach.

In a collapse against Phoenix Friday in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup, the defending champion Gin Kings once again relied almost too much on Brownlee.

Needing an answer in the final period after giving up 45 points to the Fuel Masters in the third, the Gin Kings came up with 22 points in the last 12 minutes.

21 were courtesy of Brownlee. Stanley Pringle was the only local to score for Ginebra in the fourth after splitting his free throws with nine minutes to go.

In true Brownlee fashion, he took blame for the loss despite being the only player to keep Ginebra afloat in the second half.

"I didn’t know that [21 of 22 points in the fourth]. Man, I gotta do a better job moving the ball, getting people involved for sure. I had a lot of turnovers this game," Brownlee said.

"I think we just gotta get that rhythm back on offense. Mainly me, I gotta do a better job getting guys involved," he added.

Ginebra's problems run deep than just being too reliant on Brownlee.

The trade for Pringle was nice but as the Phoenix game suggested, that didn't necessarily solve Ginebra's offensive woes.

The defense needs some work too. The Gin Kings gave up 45 points to Phoenix in the third with Matthew Wright and import Richard Howell doing most of the work.

Phoenix only had 44 in the first half.

"It was just our defense. We gave up 40-something points in that 3rd quarter. That’s very unlikely, so it’s something that we definitely don’t want to do," Brownlee said.

"If we wanna win moving forward starting on Sunday, we just gotta play our defense and that’s when we’re gonna win games," he added.

 

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