For the nth time in their storied franchise history, fan-favorite Ginebra has their back against the wall as TNT proved to be a hard squad to crack in their ongoing semifinals duel.
The Katropa pulled off a stunner behind the hot hands of Anthony Semerad, sending the top-seed Ginebra at the brink of eliminations on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
But with super import Justin Brownlee, there’s no need to panic right?
After all, it’s the same reinforcement who towed the Gin Kings back in the championship glory two conferences ago, surviving 5 do-or-die games on their way to breaking an 8-year curse.
Well, Brownlee admitted pulling off an epic comeback series by winning three straight wins against a locked and loaded TNT is easier said than done.
“Everything’s not going to be perfect like last time,” said Brownlee, referring to his Governors’ Cup stint where he cemented his legacy at Ginebra. “Not everything is going that way everytime.”
What the do-it-all import can promise is –as cliche as it is– take it one game at time.
“The best thing we can do is to control what we control, coming out in Game 3 and just play our hearts out. I think that’s the thing we can focus on,” he added.
After all, the fourth-ranked TNT has their numbers so far after two games, with hulking import Joshua Smith attracting so much of their defensive effort in the paint.
“It’s tough man, TNT, I gotta give them credit, they have a great focus, it seemed they have a great gameplan for us,” said the 29-year old Tifton, Georgia native.
Brownlee just hopes they can play ‘better’ in imposing their game while holding down Smith in the paint.
“We got the ball moving a little bit but I think we can do better in this series,” he said. “I think we will be better, still adjusting to their team with the big Smith (out there).”
“I believe in my guys to come out and just play our hearts out, and that’s what we’re going to look forward,” he added.
Good thing, a piece of history is on their side as Ginebra is the only squad that came back from a 0-2 deficit in a best-of-five affair way back 2010 Philippine Cup, curiously, against Talk ‘n Text.
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