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    Brownlee's 50 a fitting warm-up as Ginebra braces for either SMB, Magnolia

    Jul 14, 2019
    PHOTO: jerome ascaño

    JUSTIN Brownlee wasn’t conscious about resetting his PBA career-high in just a week’s span.

    “I just try to keep it going, come out and play hard,” the Barangay Ginebra import humbly said after he torched Columbian Dyip for 50 big points in the Kings’ 127-123 overtime win in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup encounter Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Brownlee’s explosion came just seven days after dropping a then career-best 49 points against Magnolia in a 102-81 rout also at the Big Dome.

    Last year’s Best Import shot 20-of-37 from the field, had 14 rebounds and five assists as he won his match-up against Columbian Dyips’ Lester Prosper, who also came through with a career-high 45 points on 6-of-15 shooting from three-point range along with 18 rebounds.

    “We just came out here and prepare ourselves for the playoffs and treated this as if it was a playoff game and try to keep our rhythm,” said Brownlee.

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      Brownlee’s numbers indeed, are a good warm-up for him as the defending champion Kings, who ended up as the no. 4 seeded team, are on track of facing either rival Magnolia or San Miguel Beer in the best-of-three quarterfinals series.

      The Ginebra import expressed surprise at having to meet one of the two powerhouse teams early in the playoffs.

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      “Either one for sure? Oh man. It’s not good news,” he said with a smile.

      But Brownlee said he and the Kings are ready for the challenge, be it the Beermen or the Hotshots.

      “At this point it doesn’t really matter who we play. It’s the playoffs. If we want to win, we just have to come out and perform on top of our game,” he said.

      “Whoever we play, we just have to come in and give our all.”

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