PBA: Coach Tim says 50 points just another day in office for Brownlee
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 14, 2019 10:28 PM
Justin Brownlee did it all for Ginebra in their overtime victory versus Columbian
Ginebra and Columbian figured in a tight tiff that went to overtime, Sunday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
The game no longer had any implications for either team, but they still went at it through 13 lead changes and nine tied tallies.
"I thought it was an awesome game tonight," head coach Tim Cone said in his post-win interview after the Gin Kings prevailed by a score of 127-123. "Just big shot after big shot after big shot. Wow."
Indeed, everybody from Stanley Pringle to Lester Prosper delivered the goods.
The biggest of big shots, however, came from Ginebra resident import Justin Brownlee who scored 11 points in the fourth quarter and then nine markers in the extra period - and his biggest points came from the go-ahead midrange basket over the outstretched arms of Glenn Khobuntin and Rashawn Mccarthy.
In the end, the American reinforcement dropped a career-high 50 points on top of 14 rebounds, five assists, four steals, and four blocks.
As it turns out, though, his mentor didn't even know he was already piling up that much. "I had no idea! Didn't seem like he scored that much," coach Tim answered when asked about Brownlee's career-best scoring output.
He then continued, "It was a high-scoring game so there were a lot of points out there to be scored, but I didn't feel like he was totally dominating the game tonight."
If the clutch player's 50-piece didn't stand out, it's because he wasn't going out there drawing attention onto himself. As he put it, "I was just trying to stay aggressive and I just wanted to come out here and play hard. Columbian, they came out and gave us a great effort and just really made it tough for us tonight."
He then continued, "But we just kept fighting. Whatever they threw at us, we just kept fighting."
Indeed, Brownlee, as he always does, just did his job for Ginebra - and that is exactly why his 50 points could still be a surprise. "It's really interesting because you don't know how many points Justin is piling up. he does it in such a quiet way, without fanfare, he's not pounding his chest or doing anything," his coach, the winningest in the history of the league, said.
He then continued, "He's just taking care of business then you look at the stats after the game and you'll go, 'Woah! He really did that!'"
Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo.