Justin Brownlee fired a career-best 49 points to lead Brgy. Ginebra to a 102-81 conquest of Manila Clasico rival Magnolia in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The 31-year old, 3-time PBA champion eclipsed his previous career-high of 46 points as the Gin Kings outscored the Hotshots by 15 points in the 3rd canto, 32-17, and continued the onslaught in the final frame to pull off the lopsided victory which improved the team’s record to 6-4 and clinched a ticket to the next round.
“I was really amazed with Magnolia’s energy in the first quarter. After playing an overtime game on Friday, they came out with a lot of energy in the first quarter. It was a little scary in the beginning,” said Brgy. Ginebra coach Tim Cone shortly after the match.
“But I think we were able to settle in to a tempo that worked for us. I felt we were playing their tempo in the first half and coming out in the third quarter, we got a better tempo which we can work more efficiently with,” he added.
Down by 5, 58-53, after Mark Barroca buried a triple in the 7-minute mark of the 3rd, the Gin Kings went on a dizzying 20-2 run to seize the upper hand for good, 73-60.
The Hotshots simply had no answer for Brgy. Ginebra’s offensive weapons and even fell behind by as much as 23 points in the 4th.
Japeth Aguilar backstopped their prolific reinforcement with 18 points while Stanley Pringle and LA Tenorio added 13 and 12 points, respectively.
James Farr also finished with a career-high of 34 points but only 5 other Hotshots managed to score.
Brgy. Ginebra 102 – Brownlee 49, Aguilar 18, Pringle 13, Tenorio 12, Thompson 5, Slaughter 2, Mariano 2, Caguioa 1, Caperal 0, Devance 0.
Mqgnolia 81 – Farr 34, Barroca 16, Sangalang 14, Jalalon 8, Lee 5, Brondial 4, Melton 0, Herndon 0, Pingris 0.
Quarterscores: 18-23, 46-47, 78-64, 102-81.