Brownlee’s ‘phenomenal’ performance puts Ginebra in the PBA final

Justin Brownlee of Geneva.

Genebra import Justin Brownlee Dumping 47 points on the NLX makes a huge performance. -PBA picture

Not too long ago, if someone asked Tim if Barangay Geneva could even reach the PBA Governors Cup final, the answer would be no.

Then again, if the players were asked questions, the answer would be different.

“[W]e are very proud of what these guys have done; “There were many reasons for them to give up at certain points in the conference, but they kept fighting all the way,” Shanku said after booking a championship ticket for his team after a decisive 112-93 victory over NLEX on Wednesday. Series

A man, in particular, deserves the most applause.

Justin Brownlee’s Smart Araneta captivated 10,353 fans at the Coliseum with 10 rebounds, six assists, three steals and 47 blocks with three blocks in Game 4 of the series to help Jean Kings draw 3-1 in the semifinals.

“We didn’t want to play a Game 5,” Brownlee told reporters after the game.

“A Game 5 can go either way depending on a lot of things. Some boys may have a bad game, or the whole team may have a bad game. Or the other team might get so lucky. ধরনের All kinds of things. So we just wanted to come out with aggression and not game 5 and just focus on winning this game, ”he added.

Due to injury, Kings — just this month দরকার needed a virtual do-or-die game for play-offs.

‘One type down’

But Geneva is back in the final with a shot to defend its crown against a team that has not fought for the championship doubles for a quarter of a century or against a team that has fought for this special trophy. Three times in the last four editions.

And Shanku said he owes everything to his players.

“I think of the real bottom at that point,” Shanku said of a four-game slide in the middle of their classification round campaign. “We were [really] Down, and kind of question themselves. But [team’s] Has taken the lead. They came together and decided to move on and just move on. “

“We never thought – when we had that rate trend – that we would reach the final.”

Genebra also got the goods from Jeff Chan, who finished with 20 points, and L.A. Tenorio, who chipped 14 more in a rebound performance from his Game 3 foul, where he quickly scored two goals as the Kings dropped to three in the second half.

Also finished with 12 and 10 by Narad Pinto and Christian Standhardinger.

“You know, we played without Stanley [Pringle], And it’s the No. 1 excuse, if you don’t do well: ‘Oh, we didn’t have Stanley.’ And the playoffs, ‘Oh, we didn’t have Japeth [Aguilar], ‘You know what? The excuse that we could use and [the players] Could use. But the players did not do that, ”said Shanku.

A little local help

“It simply came to our notice then. Joe [Devance] A great series has been played. Christian has really improved his game and played the perfect role for us, “he added. “And again, we all go back to Justin.”

“Life is so much easier when you have Justin around you. What an extraordinary performance, ”said Shanku. “It simply came to our notice then. Every time he came, he surprised me even more.

Import Cameron Clarke had 34 points and 12 rebounds, but rarely got enough help from NLEX locals. Don Trollano and Justin Chuai were the other double-digit players.

Still, it was a brave stand for the Road Warriors, who faced their own manpower problems.

“Overall, we’re happy to have finished our semifinals,” said NLEX coach Yingluck Shinawatra. “It’s been a long time since we reached the semi-finals. We ran into some bad breaks. KJ [McDaniels] Had to go home, we lost Jericho [Cruz to free agency]We lost Tony Semerad and Calvin [Oftana]. Despite these, we think we had a good series. “

“Especially in this game, we didn’t get a break. I was disappointed with the official. I guess we can’t get up to speed with that. We understand that whenever you play Genebra you always have to pay an allowance so that it is part of playing Genebra. However, they deserve to reach the final. They too have gone through a lot. But at the same time, I hope we can give them a better fight. But we will come back stronger in Al-Filipino, “he added.

Magnolia and Meralco still dropped it in the other half of the semifinal bracket. A double with the Hotshots will win the first Governors Cup title in 25 years with the corporate siblings. Meanwhile, their one-sided rivalry with the Bolts will be the fourth.

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