JUSTIN Brownlee felt Barangay Ginebra had some good looks down the stretch that justified not calling a timeout late in an 85-83 loss to Meralco in Game Four of the PBA Governors' Cup Finals on Friday night.
While he understood coach Tim Cone in his desire to call a late timeout that fell on deaf ears, the Gin Kings import saw his team take a couple of open shots that just didn't find their mark.
"I think we’re in the heat of the moment," Brownlee said. "We see we had the opportunity where we could score."
"Of course, we’ve wanted to get a timeout and drop a designed play for that type of situation, but I think we got a couple of good looks," he added. "We just didn’t convert."
Brownlee had a couple of those good looks for himself - a triple and a floater that could've sent the game into overtime, but just missed their targets.
"They (Meralco) got some good looks as well, but they converted," Brownlee.
"Seems to be similar to what they’ve been doing," he added. "They did the same thing in Game Three but they elevated it and they did. I didn’t think that made too many changes. They just played a great game, and I think we did too, but in the last couple of possessions, they converted and we didn’t."
The result thus spoiled a late virtual one-man show by Brownlee, who had a hand in the Gin Kings' last 10 points, the last two he scored from the foul line that knotted the count one last time at 83.
The Bolts' rare balanced attack trumped Brownlee's effort, however.
"They’re a tough team, we’re a tough team. Every game from now on is who wants it more," Brownlee said. "Every game is going to be a 50-50 game. Who wants it more will come out on top. The rest of the games will probably come down to the wire, so we got to finish the game strong."