WHAT Justin Brownlee couldn’t recreate on Wednesday night, he’ll try to do so in Game Seven when Barangay Ginebra tries to dispatch Meralco in its second try.
The man who buried the championship drought-ending triple for Ginebra in Game Six of the Finals of the last edition of the season-ending conference, Brownlee tried to replicate his heroics in the same game this year but fell short as the Gin Kings lost to the Bolts 98-91.
But if it comes down to the wire again in the deciding game, Brownlee won’t hesitate to deliver another heroic showing.
“The perfect moment would just be winning the championship, but of course, it’d be nice to win it in spectacular fashion,” Brownlee said after the loss.
“But right now, that moment is just winning the championship,” he added. “That’s what I’m focused on – just trying to bring home the trophy and defend the crown.”
Brownlee led the Gin Kings with 23 points, nine boards, four assists, and two blocks in 44 minutes, but he scored just two of his output in the first quarter where his team fell into a 12-point hole – that set the tone for the result.
“They just came out more aggressive than us, I think,” Brownlee said. “They initiated physicality, they were the first ones to loose balls, rebounds, they just came out with a great energy and we didn’t, and I think - to start the game, I think that was the biggest part of the game.”
And Brownlee tries to turn the tide on Friday night when he’s set to play in the first Game Seven of his career.
“Man, you got to love it as a basketball player,” Brownlee said. “This is the thing you grow up and you dream of. I think we’re going to be prepared, we’re going to come out with great energy and aggression, and we will be ready to defend the crown.”