PBA Finals: LA says Ginebra can’t always rely on Brownlee to save the day
Paul Lintag on Jan 08, 2020 04:36 PM
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While being too reliant on super import Justin Brownlee can be an issue for Barangay Ginebra, it has been proven time and again that the Gin Kings can and will pick up big wins when JB is having a big game.
In an ideal world, Ginebra will have Brownlee dominate with a triple-double and have a star-studded cast of locals put up great numbers as well.
Still, the Gin Kings can and will take a win even if Brownlee is just putting up monster double-doubles, as was the case in Game 1 of the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals against Meralco.
Brownlee finished with 38 points and 16 rebounds, putting in the work that allowed locals LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar to finish off a 91-87 series-opening victory.
“Well, kaya naman nandito sa amin si Justin kasi yun yung dapat na ginagawa niya for us,” Tenorio said.
“But again, we cannot rely for the whole series on Justin doing that every game,” LA added.
After Brownlee, only three locals scored in double figures for Ginebra, with Japeth’s 16 points and LA’s 14 points having the most impact.
To repeat another title win against the Bolts, the Gin Kings will need more local production than that to back up Brownlee.
“We have to figure it out. Now we know kung ano yung ginagawa nila sa amin at least so we’ll really watch the video and mag-a-adjust kami for sure kung ano yung mga ginagawa nila sa amin for us to move the ball well.” Tenorio said.
“I don’t think we’re going to win this series on one-on-one, which is yun ang gustong gawin ng Meralco sa amin na to play one-on-one. We cannot afford to do that so we have to adjust and take a look at what Meralco is doing sa amin,” he added.
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