Brownlee apologizes to Cone for mistakes in loss to ROS - then shows he means it
Ginebra coach Tim Cone says Justine Brownlee didn’t even have to apologize for his mistakes late in a loss to Rain or Shine, but nonetheless appreciated the gesture. Jaime Campos

JUSTIN Brownlee went as far as sending coach Tim Cone a text message after blaming himself for some miscues in Ginebra’s loss to Rain or Shine on Friday night.

Then he set out and atoned for his mistakes two nights later.

The do-it-all Gin Kings import made up for a couple of costly errors in the loss to the E-Painters by coming through for his team in the 107-99 victory over no less than San Miguel Beer in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday night.

Brownlee put up another all-around performance with 34 points, 12 boards, four blocks, three assists, and three steals in 42 minutes against the Beermen – his way of making up after the ROS game where he committed a late turnover that led to a transition basket, and missed a jumper that didn’t even touch the rim.  

That prompted him to send a text to Cone after the game.

“I think down the stretch I made some bad decisions. I owned up to coach and I just tried this game to be more focused,” Brownlee said. “And I focused on the game plan. I did a really good job, we did a great job and we came away with the win tonight.”

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Cone said Brownlee didn’t even have to apologize, but nonetheless appreciated the gesture.

“He was upset at himself at the ROS game, he felt he took a bad shot at the end of the game, and then he texted me and apologized, he apologized to the players. I go, ‘The good stuff you've done, you're allowed to do one bad one,’” Cone said. “He made it up tonight, certainly.”

“He just made big shots, big defensive plays down the stretch, and that's been his MO for us, being able to do that,” he added.

And Brownlee doesn’t need to send a text to remind anyone of that either. 

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