PBA Finals: Elims beatdown motivates Gin Kings in rematch
Mark Escarlote on Jan 04, 2020 05:56 PM
We just hope to add some fuel from that game and just come out and play hard -- Gin King import Justin Brownlee on using elims loss to Meralco as motivation
Barangay Ginebra sees its elimination round beating at the hands of Meralco as added motivation when the two teams dispute the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup title starting Tuesday.
“They beat us pretty bad. We didn’t play well but we’ve seen some stuff that we could be better at,” said Gin Kings import Justin Brownlee recalling their 77-101 blowout loss to the Bolts two months ago.
Now facing Meralco again in the biggest stage of the season-ending conference, the Gin Kings are all fired up for payback – and for another possible championship run over the same club they beat in the 2016 and 2017 editions.
“We just hope to add some fuel from that game and just come out and play hard,” said Brownlee, who was held to just 18 points in that elims meeting against Meralco import Allen Durham’s 39 markers.
It was a dominating elims win for the Bolts but as far as Durham is concerned what they performed in that match won’t matter come the championship series.
It’s back to a clean slate for both squads and what will count are the four wins that they need to claim in the best-of-seven series.
“It was nice to beat them but it’s a totally different situation now,” said Durham, who hopes to tow Meralco to its first title this time after coming up short twice.
Fresh from a long break, Durham is just as stoked as Brownlee for another epic series.
“We both had time off. Both of the coaching staff had time to dissect each other. I think it’s really gonna be a competitive series, I’m excited,” he said.
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