JUSTIN Brownlee insisted that losing the Best Import award to Allen Durham was hardly his motivation for coming up with a splendid showing in Ginebra’s 82-79 win in Game Two of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals on Sunday night.
The Gin Kings import tallied 32 points, 12 boards, three assists, three steals, and one block without committing a single turnover in 42 minutes of play to anchor the team’s win that tied the best-of-seven series at 1-1.
“No, that (losing Best Import award) wasn't a motivation,” Brownlee said. “I've always been motivated, first to just go out there and try to win this series and try to win a championship. That's the motivation.”
Brownlee got the better of Durham in their individual matchup as the latter was held to just 22 points on 10-of-24 shooting and he committed seven turnovers in 40 minutes.
“The series is tied so I don't think it's any one up,” Brownlee insisted of his matchup with Durham. “I think we did a great team effort, I tip my hat off tonight for Sol Mercado, he did a great job because he was grinding him up a good bit of the game. I think he showed great aggression, great poise in guarding him.”
Brownlee bounced back from the series opener where he contributed 17 points on 7-of-18 shooting, along with eight boards in almost 48 minutes while also taking a seemingly rushed three-point attempt late in regulation.
This time, the St. John’s product seemed to make all the right decision as he scored the tough midrange jumper over two defenders that tied the game and set up Mercado’s heroics.
And he expects the series to continue to be as a hard fought as it goes along.
“We don't think it's definitely not going to be an easy series,” Brownlee said. “We expect a series, we're definitely just keep pushing hard and expect that.”