BOCAUE, Bulacan – Justine Brownlee expects Barangay Ginebra to come with even greater resolve when the defending champions go for the kill in Game Six of the PBA Governors Cup title series.
The import played for 46 minutes – even longer than Best Import Allen Durham of Meralco – including the entire second half when he scored 14 of his team-high 20 points in towing Ginebra to a grind-out 85-74 win over the Bolts before a roaring finals-record crowd of 36,445 at the Philippine Arena.
That pushed Ginebra to a 3-2 series lead and on the verge of retaining the season-ending championship, which Brownlee hopes the Kings would accomplish by the next game.
“I’m sure we’ll be fired up on Wednesday,” he said of Game Six which will be held at the same playing venue considered the biggest indoor arena in the world.
Durham suited up for 44 minutes and pumped in 27 points and 19 rebounds.
Brownlee (12 rebounds, five assists) had to play extended minutes for coach Tim Cone as guard Sol Mercado was out due to a severely sprained ankle. With the Fil-Am guard likely sitting out the next game too, Browlee said he’s ready to play even without rest in Game Six.
“I’m ready to play, whatever it takes,” said the humble import, whose booming three-pointer at the buzzer in Game Six of last year’s finals, also against Meralco, clinched Ginebra’s first championship after an eight-year title drought.
“It doesn’t matter how long (I play).”
Game Seven if necessary, will be played on Friday also in the same 55,000-capacity arena.