Ginebra import Justin Brownlee admitted he may have taken a lot of shots in Game 3, to the point that he didn’t have the local support when it mattered most Wednesday night.
Brownlee took 38 attempts and finished with a personal conference-high 42 points, but Ginebra fell, 103-107 to a resilient Meralco side. Ginebra ended the game with 102 field goals as the American import accounted for one-third of the team’s attempts in the game.
The Kings now trail their PBA Governors Cup best-of-seven championship series, 1-2.
“We played okay, (but) maybe I need other guys to get involved some times, at some point in the game, maybe I overshot a little bit,” Brownlee told media men after the loss. “We just need to go back to the basic of our offense.”
Tim Cone pointed out during the post-game presser that aside from playing bad defense, the Kings were “Justin-reliant”.
Big man Japeth Aguilar and spitfire guard Sol Mercado, who played major roles in the Kings’ Game 2 win, combined for just 16 points, while court general LA Tenorio chipped in 14 on 7-of-18 shooting.
“We definitely need to get those guys going because I think when those guys have big games, we usually don’t lose,” shared the former St. John alumn.
“I think we should focus on getting those guys in good rhythm.”
The do-it-all Gin Kings import also credited the Bolts’ tenacious intensity, which doomed them in the final canto.
“We just get outplayed tonight. Meralco, they played the last quarter with a lot of energy, tough lose balls and offensive rebounds, and they hit some big shots,” he said.
Brownlee stressed that come Game 4, the Kings must play team basketball and be patient in executing their offense.
“We’ve been playing this whole conference, moving the ball and getting everybody involved. S we got to force them (Bolts) to do what we want, not what they want,” he said. – Jason Mercene
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