JUSTIN Brownlee was on fire for Ginebra in Game Three of the PBA Governors Cup finals on Wednesday night, finishing with his highest output in the season-ending conference.
But he agreed with coach Tim Cone’s observation that the Kings can’t be too ‘Justin-reliant.’
The mild-mannered import stressed he can’t do it alone and called out the rest of the Ginebra locals to step up in scoring if the Kings are to bounce back from a 1-2 deficit in the best-of-seven series.
The 28-year-old import torched Meralco for 42 points, but saw the effort go for naught as the Kings suffered a 107-103 loss to the disappointment of pro-Ginebra fans that mostly made up the 14,285 fans inside the Big Dome.
“We played okay, but maybe we just need a little bit of the guys more involved sometimes at certain points of the game,” said Brownlee, who shot 18 of 38 from the floor and grabbed 13 rebounds and issued three assists.
Only three locals finished in double figures for the Kings led by LA Tenorio with 14. Japeth Aguilar and rookie Scottie Thompson added 12 and 10, respectively.
But besides Aguilar, it was only Brownlee who carried the Kings on his shoulder down the stretch when the team played catch-up against a hot-shooting Meralco side.
The import out of St. John’s University converted a 30-foot jumper with 11.2 seconds left to pull Ginebra within 105-103, but two free throws by Meralco counterpart Allen Durham sealed the Bolts second win in the title series.
“Maybe I overshot a little bit,” Brownlee admitted. “But we have to embrace our offense the way we’re playing the entire conference of moving the ball and making everybody involved.”
Game Four of the finals resume on Friday night.