PBA: NSD works as Brownlee pushes Ginebra to Game 4
Paul Lintag on Jul 30, 2019 10:07 PM
What got the Gin Kings over the top in Game 3 was Brownlee’s fourth quarter when the league’s reigning Best Import scored eight points. (PBA)
That signature Never Say Die spirit sure worked Tuesday.
Ginebra finally pulled one back in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals, surviving top-ranked TNT in Game 3 at the MOA Arena.
By surviving another rough outing, the defending champion Gin Kings saved their title and cut their series deficit in half, 1-2.
“Man, it was tough,” said import Justin Brownlee after the win.
“Talk ‘N Text is a really good team, they got some weapons. I just think we did a good job of defending the three-point line and just tried our best to limit Castro and Jones and their playmaking abilities,” he added.
The key to stopping TNT definitely depended on how the Gin Kings defended the line.
In Game 3, the KaTropa made only five treys and shot 14 percent from deep. In Game 2 when TNT scored a masterful win, they shot 36 percent and connected on 16 triples.
“Just really focusing on defense. I think we really needed that push defensively,” Brownlee said.
Even while the Gin Kings were defending the three pretty well, Game 3 was still tied at 57-all entering the fourth with TNT having momentum after a strong third-quarter run.
But what got the Gin Kings over the top was Brownlee’s fourth quarter when the league’s reigning Best Import scored eight points, the difference in the win.
He finished with 14 to go along with 11 rebounds and eight assists.
“I was just seeing some openings to try and maybe get some switches or I can get to a spot. I was just seeing how they were defending me and just read through it,” Brownlee said of his fourth quarter.
“We just try to have the same mentality and approach like we did today, just come out and be aggressive on offense and be solid on defense,” Brownlee added as they move forward to Game 4 for yet another do-or-die outing.
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