JUSTIN Brownlee somewhat felt the nightmare he had Allen Durham go through last year as the Ginebra import saw his Meralco counterpart wreak havoc down low to lead the Bolts to a 93-78 win in their PBA Governors’ Cup matchup Sunday night.
In their first meeting against each other since October 12 or Game Six of the Finals of last year’s season-ending conference where Brownlee hit the championship drought-ending triple over Durham, it was the latter who had the last laugh this time as he registered 30 points and 24 boards, and missed a triple-double by just one assist.
“Now it feels like I'm the one being haunted,” Brownlee said with a smile after the game. “But I think we will be better.”
“Just want to give a lot of credit to Meralco, Allen Durham for sure, he had an incredible game, they came out and played very well,” he added. “They want to make a statement game and they did.”
“They definitely had gotten better, for sure, but I think their purpose and the way they play, it was similar, the championship style of basketball played hard in defense and play together in offense, they came out and show they were focused the whole game,” he continued.
The same can’t be said of the Gin Kings as Brownlee typified his team’s uncharacteristic play with just 13 points after missing 10 of his 15 shots, although the do-it-all import contributed six boards, three assists, and two steals in 39 minutes.
“I thought we played okay in the first half, but the second half, we just couldn’t get any rhythm on both sides of the basketball,” Brownlee said. “That's why the final score turned out the way it did, it was lopsided.”
Brownlee, though, is hardly worried as the Gin Kings continue to jell with the returning Greg Slaughter.
“Coach Tim (Cone) came in and he told us, of course we will have some growing pains with the addition of Greg but of course he's also a great addition to our team,” Brownlee said. “We know he's not yet in rhythm but he's gonna be great for us, we know we're gonna be great with Greg.”
“That's just what we are trying to get on that level,” he added. “Hopefully we get that pretty soon.”