JUSTIN Brownlee walked a tightrope on Sunday as he led Ginebra to a 92-81 win over Meralco on Sunday night for a 3-2 lead in their PBA Governors’ Cup Finals series.
Expected to be more aggressive on offense after producing just 10 points in Game Four, the Gin Kings import didn’t disappoint as he registered 29 points on 13-of-20 shooting.
Brownlee, who scored 14 of his output in the first period, still kept his teammates involved, dishing out three assists on top of 10 boards and two steals in 43 minutes. Four other Gin Kings scored at least eight points each.
“I think I came out pretty aggressive from the start of the game,” Brownlee said. “I just tried to be aggressive and still have a balance with getting my team involved. I think a pretty good job at that tonight.”
As a result, the Gin Kings moved on the cusp of winning their first title in eight years, but Brownlee refuses to get carried away.
“We’ve always felt confident, but we just know that we’re not done, we’re not satisfied,” Brownlee said. “Three-two is just being one game ahead, it’s not winning the series, so we’re just trying to stay confident and look forward to next game.”
Brownlee is now in uncharted territory where he has to lead a team in closing out a finals series.
“Closing out a series, yes, just recently, but I’ve never been in a finals and close out a finals series, so it’s going to be a difficult task, but I’m looking forward to it,” said Brownlee, who last played in the French league.
“We just got to try hard because whatever we got to do, it’s going to be hard. Meralco’s a great team,” he added.