PBA: Brownlee cherishes beating one of the best teams in the league
Mark Escarlote on Nov 24, 2019 11:19 PM
They have two championships and I know it would have been great for them to win a grand slam but you know we're just happy to be able to advance -- Justin Brownlee on denying San Miguel Beer another grand slam for the second time in three years
More than spoiling San Miguel Beer’s grand slam attempt for the second time in three years, Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee takes great pride in beating one best teams to ever play in the PBA.
“Man, happy and luckily we just come away with the win and advance. That’s a great team, definitely,” said Brownlee. “They have two championships and I know it would have been great for them to win a grand slam but you know we're just happy to be able to advance.”
Brownlee played the hero’s role on Sunday with a clutch triple and a crucial block as the Gin Kings beat the Beermen, 100-97, to advance in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals at the Big Dome.
The twice-to-beat Ginebra squad denied SMB a season title sweep for the second time since booting out the Beermen in the quarterfinals of the same conference back in 2017.
However, Brownlee stressed that their goal was to advance to the semis and not just rain on SMB’s parade.
“It’s just great to advance no matter who we play at this point,” said Brownlee, who finished with 41 points and 11 rebounds in 46 minutes of play.
“Like I said, that’s an incredible team. Very talented, probably one of the best teams to ever play in this league. It just always feels good to beat those guys and you know we have a lot of respect for them,” he added.
Down by two, Brownlee put the Gin Kings up, 96-95, off a trey with 2:38 left in the fourth and with Ginebra protecting a slim three-point lead, he swatted away Terrence Romeo’s potential game-tying three with 13.1 seconds left. The Gin Kings held on to take the semis seat as Chris Ross missed a long triple.
“We just didn’t want to go to a second game with them because they are a very dangerous team and very talented. We just want to do whatever we can to try to close em out in the first game,” Brownlee said.
Ginebra will face the winner of the other quarterfinals pairing between twice-to-beat top seed NLEX and NorthPort in a best-of-five semifinals series.
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