AS far as Justin Brownlee is concerned, a loss to San Miguel was the turning point for Ginebra.
Mired at 1-5 (win-loss) after a 104-97 overtime loss to the Beermen last June 4 and sitting precariously at 10th place, Brownlee saw the sense of urgency from his squad and it's certainly paying off now.
That day seems like a distant memory for Ginebra now as they have racked up their fourth straight win - a commanding 105-86 win over Alaska on Sunday night.
"I think it's just the mindset of the whole team. Everyone was just down, we were 1-5. But I remember coming to practie the next day after we lost to San Miguel, everyone just wanted to go at it and get better," said Brownlee, who finished with 28 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in the win in less than 30 minutes of action.
"Everybody's mindset was still just positive even though we haven't had much success early in the conference," he added.
That playoff mentality is cetainly helping the Kings.
"We wanted to come in and treat this like a playoff game, just like the last couple of games. We came out and got a good rhythm. Defensively, we got some stops," he added.
"You know, I don't think it was Alaska's night tonight. They missed some shots that we know they can make so I guess they helped us out a little bit. We know they're a tough team and I'm sure they'll bounce back."