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    Justin Brownlee vows to raise game as Kings brace for tough semis

    Jul 12, 2018
    Justin Brownlee hopes to do even more as the going gets tough in the playoffs.
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    JUSTIN Brownlee has led Barangay Ginebra to its seventh straight win for a place yhe semfinals, and the Kings’ import said the team is still eager to get better.

    Brownlee once again played the hero’s role in Game Two, leading the way with 36 points, six rebounds, and nine assists in the Kings big win over Meralco. Brownlee scored 17 points in the second quarter and later shot 14-of-19 from the field in a sweep over the Bolts.

    The Kings reached the semifinals after a 1-5 start to the conference, but Brownlee said the team is still hungry for more.

    “I never wanted to be satisfied,” said Brownlee. “I want to be better. We, as a group, we are not satisfied. We want to be better everyday and that hunger of getting better.”

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      In Game Two on Wednesday, true to his word, Brownlee made an effort to take less shots after going 10 for 25 in Game One.

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      Brownlee made big plays down the stretch. He scored on a dunk off an assist from LA Tenorio that gave Ginebra a 92-81 lead, staving off a late rally be Meralco.

      “I wanted to rebound more,” Brownlee said. “I’m not too happy with that. The assists, once I got in a rhythm and I started scoring, I was just looking for my teammates. They were open and they hit some big plays.”

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      Brownlee also paid tribute to his teammates for getting him going in the first half, allowing him to facilitate.

      “I was very fortunate to make some shots early and just try to ride on that momentum. My teammates did a good job to keep me going. Just fortunate we knocked down shots. Meralco plays good defense. We are happy we got the win and converted on the mistakes that they made,” Brownlee said.

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      PHOTO: Jerome Ascano
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