HE turned out to be the Ginebra hero that broke Meralco’s heart last year.
Who knows what the script will be this time around?
Justin Brownlee insists he won’t use “The Shot” that ended a long championship drought for the Gin Kings at the expense of the Bolts in the last Governors’ Cup Finals as a confidence-booster heading into their finals rematch next week.
The Gin Kings eliminated TNT KaTropa with a 115-105 win in Game Four of their semifinal series that sealed a return to the finals against the Bolts, who Brownlee frustrated with his iconic dagger three-pointer in Game Six.
“I definitely remember it, but I'm just trying to move on from it,” Brownlee said. “A lot of people still talk about it, but this is a new year, new conference. Whatever we did last year, it doesn't matter in this time. I'm just trying to move forward from that.
“It was a great memory, nothing can take that away, but I'm just moving on,” he added.
While he has moved on from their last finals conquest, Brownlee feels the Bolts will definitely use that heartbreak to fuel their bid to try to get over the hump, especially after Jared Dillinger earlier said that he’s looking forward to face Ginebra in the finals.
“If I was him [JD], and I was that team, I would [want Ginebra in the Finals], too,” Brownlee said. “That just shows his fight and you know, maybe get some revenge. I would be the same way if I was him so I respect that.”
Brownlee is also bracing for a tough matchup against reigning Best Import Allen Durham.
“Like coach said, the guy is a beast,” Brownlee said. “I gotta give it to him, he's just been a beast, he's been unstoppable. That's why he's in the Finals and his team. I'm looking forward to it, hopefully we can slow him down.”
Brownlee showed he’s also a beast in their close-out game against the Texters, who he torched for 46 points along with 10 boards, and five assists in 45 minutes.
“I didn't know it was going to be that kind of night,” the ever-humble Brownlee insisted. “I did feel good, but the team, they just gave me great confidence, keeping me aggressive and just telling me to close this thing out.
“We did a great job of being aggressive,” he added, deflecting credit to Greg Slaughter and LA Tenorio. “Greg came off the bench and had a great game, LA he ran the show. It was just a great team effort.”