PBA Finals: Brownlee praises Aguilar, Tenorio in fourth quarter takeover
Mark Escarlote on Jan 08, 2020 09:46 AM
Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee praises LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar in Gin Kings Game 1 win. (Arvin Lim)
Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee went on a tear in the first three quarters.
He already had 34 points heading into the payoff period as the only Gin King in double figures.
Then, Meralco locked him up on defense. Brownlee went cold from the field.
Fortunately, LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar stepped up big time to lead Ginebra to a 91-87 win over the Bolts to draw first blood in the best-of-seven 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals at the Big Dome.
“I was just trying to take advantage on many openings I’ve seen early in the game and throughout the game,” said Brownlee, who had 38 points on 13-of-27 shooting and pulled down 16 rebounds. “In the fourth quarter they did a great job of grounding me, taking away my side or my driving lanes.”
“But we just tried to move the ball. That’s what we pride ourselves on, we’re moving the ball and getting everybody involved,” he added. “Guys just got going in that fourth quarter, LA and Japeth, they just did a great job of keeping us in the game on the offensive end.”
Tenorio and Aguilar anchored the Gin Kings’ rally in the fourth period with the duo combining for 14 points.
“I think that’s just what’s expected out of them. I think if those guys continue to be aggressive and read the defense and take the opportunity, I think they’re gonna be great all series long,” Brownlee said.
Tenorio put Ginebra up, 86-85, with 1:44 left in the fourth quarter while Aguilar preserved the Gin Kings lead with just under 14 seconds remaining after swatting away Allen Durham’s layup attempt before Brownlee sealed the win with a pair of charities.
“Both of those players got a great skill set,” said Brownlee. “Japeth is very athletic. LA can drive and shoot and set the team up, you know, that’s what’s expected to them to play well.”
Brownlee scored only four points in the fourth quarter – all from the stripe.
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