JUSTIN Brownlee remains confident about the title chances of Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals despite falling behind, 1-2, in the series.
After a tight first half, the Gin Kings fell behind by as many as 40 points and lost Game Three, 132-94, tying the biggest losing margin in PBA Finals history.
Despite the loss, Brownlee said the Kings remain in the thick of the fight.
“It’s only one game,” said Brownlee in a brief interview with reporters. “Hopefully, we can bounce back next game and we will be better.”
Brownlee said he is aching to bounce back, and he isn't even thinking about the Best Import award to be given before Game Four of the finals.
“I’m not even thinking about that. I’m thinking about Game Four right now,” said Brownlee.
Brownlee had a big game in Game Three, contributing 32 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings. However, Brownlee was unable to get ample support from the locals, based on points, with Mark Caguioa being the only other double-digit scorer for Ginebra with 12 markers.
Brownlee hailed San Miguel for being sharp in the Game Three win particularly in the second half after the Beermen outscored the Kings, 79-43.
“Just have to give a lot of credit to San Miguel. They came out and played tough, hard, and they were really focused. Their mind is very sharp. They came out shooting the ball well, executing well, and defended,” said Brownlee.
As to what the Kings need to do to tie the series, Brownlee said: “Come out and fight. That’s the only thing you can do. Just come out and fight.”