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    Ginebra out to live up to 'king of the road' tag in Lucena match against Meralco

    Jul 30, 2016
    Ginebra import Justin Brownlee has adjusted to PBA conditions. Jaime Campos

    BARANGAY Ginebra seeks to cap off its grueling week on a high note when it tangles with Meralco in a second straight PBA Governors’ Cup out-of-town playdate, this time at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena on Saturday.

    Playing the last of their three games over a six-day stretch, the Gin Kings aim for their first winning streak of the season-ending conference, but are facing a tough opponent in the Bolts, led by prolific import Allen Durham.

    “Getting a win before we go into the All-Star break and generating some momentum would be huge for us, but Meralco, with their inside presence of Durham, is a real concern,” Gin Kings coach Tim Cone said on the eve of the 5 p.m. affair.

    “Good news for us is: Justin is continuing to adjust to PBA conditions and that will help him out-of-town here,” he added, referring to Ginebra replacement import Justin Brownlee.

    Ginebra can also bank on its success in out-of-town games, earning the 'kings of the road' tag for a five-game winning streak in games away from the metro since last season.

    Interestingly, the Bolts seem to be unlucky on the road as they are coming into the match with a five-game losing streak.

    Durham is also adjusting to his mask that protects a broken nose, a distraction that factored in him being held to just 14 points, missing 10 of his 16 shots in 40 minutes, in the Bolts’ 98-95 loss to TNT Katropa following his first two games that saw him average 34 points on 60.5-percent shooting.

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    Brownlee, on the other hand, played free from cramps as he put up an all-around performance of 24 points, 15 boards, four assists, two blocks, and one steal in 35 minutes in leading the Gin Kings to an 85-72 victory over NLEX last Wednesday.

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    Ginebra import Justin Brownlee has adjusted to PBA conditions. Jaime Campos
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