GINEBRA import Justin Brownlee simply refused to let a loss spoil his speacial day.
On the day he turned 29, Brownlee erupted with 34 points, collared 15 rebounds, dished out six assists, two blocks, and a steal to lift the Gin Kings past TnT Katropa, 107-89, in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
And he got plenty of help from LA Tenorio and Aguilar, who finished with 21 and 16 points, respectively.
"It's my 29th birthday. I'm not too familiar in my past games if I won or lost anything but this birthday was definitely a special one," said the American reinforcement.
"The way the team embraced me, for them to dedicate this game to me, that alone is special."
The smallest import this conference, though, is not letting the celebration take his focus away from the team's goal.
Ginebra has now won four games in a row after an opening loss, but Brownlee said there still a lot of room for improvement for the team he led to the Governors' Cup championship last season.
"We still got a lot to grow, the good thing is we haven't hit our ceiling, we're still getting better and better," said Brownlee.
Ginebra will only have one game over the next 25 days, but Brownlee doesn't mind.
"I think with the days we don't play, it allows us to just only get better," he said. "We just got to stay together, that's the big key. Our defense, we just got to communicate with each other and just stay fundamental."