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Brownlee shines as Ginebra draws first blood vs Meralco

MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra carried its winning ways from the eliminations as it hacked out an 88-81 win over Meralco to clinch Game 1 of their best-of-3 quarterfinals series in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Monday, July 9. Justin Brownlee messed with a triple-double ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJul 9th, 2018

Ginebra dumps San Miguel, draws first blood in PBA Finals

Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone brushed this one aside as "one of those nights" and will spend the one-day break planning for a fightback like no other by San Miguel Beer. Using a strong start and a sustained effort the rest of the way, the Gin Kings blew the defending champion Beermen off the floor and scored a 127-99 Game 1 victory in the PBA Commissioner's Cup title series that belied all pre-tournament talk about this best-of-seven series being close. And that's what worries Cone the most. "We steered the beehive and they (Beermen) will stick it to us in Game 2," Cone said after getting 42 points from import Justin Brownlee and twin digits from four locals in the unexpec...Keep on reading: Ginebra dumps San Miguel, draws first blood in PBA Finals.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

Mirror, mirror, on the wall…

SEVENTEEN days and 18 games later, the 2018 PBA Governor’s Cup is shaping up to be another exciting and action-packed conference featuring some of the best American imports around. Four former Best Imports winners — Justin Brownlee of defending champion Barangay Ginebra, Allen Durham of Meralco, Romeo Travis of Magnolia… Source link link: Mirror, mirror, on the wall….....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

Mirror, mirror, on the wall...

SEVENTEEN days and 18 games later, the 2018 PBA Governor’s Cup is shaping up to be another exciting and action-packed conference featuring some of the best American imports around. Four former Best Imports winners -- Justin Brownlee of defending champion Barangay Ginebra, Allen Durham of Meralco, Romeo Travis of Magnolia….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

REINFORCEMENTS HAVE ARRIVED

Miss the PBA yet? Don't worry as there's more action coming your way starting Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City. The 2018 PBA Governors' Cup will tip off this weekend and we have prolific imports in town, 12 of them to be exact. Get to know who they are before we start the third and final conference for this season.   Justin Brownlee --- Ginebra By now, Justin Brownlee needs no introduction but here goes anyway for the benefit of those who don't know him for some reason. Brownlee is a three-time PBA champion for the Gin Kings and a one-time Best Import. His first two titles came in the Governors' Cup. The first one was in 2016 when he hit "The Shot" in Game 6. The second one was last year when he led the barangay to a Game 7 win in front of more than 50,000 fans at the Philippine Arena. He's a Ginebra legend.   Allen Durham --- Meralco The reigning two-time Best Import is back for the Bolts and he's looking to complete some unfinished business. Durham has led Meralco to two Governors' Cup Finals in his previous two stints in the PBA but each time, the Bolts lost to Ginebra for the title. Is third time the charm for Allen Durham and Meralco?   AZ Reid --- San Miguel Arizona Reid won two Best Imports back when he was still with Rain or Shine and he won his first Governors' Cup title when he switched over to San Miguel. Now, the high-scoring import is back for the Beermen after a one-year hiatus. He has some business to finish here and at the top of the list is regaining his lost PBA championship.   Eugene Phelps --- Phoenix El Destructor first made a name for himself in the Governors' Cup. The Commissioner's Cup might not be his best cup of tea but when it comes to the season-ending conference, Eugene Phelps has proven before that he's a force to be reckoned with. With an upgraded local lineup and perhaps better durability this time around, El Destructor might just become extra destructive to the oppposition.   Henry Walker --- Blackwater The Elite made their second playoff appearance last year in the Governors' Cup with Henry Walker. As the no. 8 seed, they were a few minutes away from stunning no. 1 Meralco to go to the semis. Mr. Inspiration has provided nothing but positive stuff for Blackwater and with a longer build up, the Elite might be ready to take the next step in the Governors' Cup in order to salvage what has been a lost season.   Mike Harris --- Alaska The Aces are bringing in Mike Harris as reinforcement in the Governors' Cup. Harris has NBA experience with the Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz. He has tremendous international experience and the PBA is only the latest in his long list of stops. He has a career average of 3.4 points in the NBA, playing a total of 54 games spread across five seasons.   Akeem Wright --- Columbian The Dyip will have 33-year-old Akeem Wright for the Governors' Cup. Wright was undrafted in the 2007 NBA Draft and since then, he's built an international career with stops in the Middle East and Europe.   Romeo Travis --- Magnolia A close buddy of LeBron James, Romeo Travis is back in the PBA. The first time, he played for Alaska and won Best Import but lost in the Finals to San Miguel Beer  back in 2015. Now, Travis will suit up for the Magnolia Hotshots. Travis of course is part of the LeBron's high school team at St. Vincent-St. Mary.   Olu Ashaolu --- NLEX We've seen Olu in the Commissioner's Cup as he played NLEX's last game of the conference as part of the team's prep for the Governors' Cup. Ashaolu played for Lousiana Tech and Oregon and college and went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft.   Rashad Woods --- Northport The Batang Pier will go with Rashad Woods for the Governors' Cup. Woods has had memorable stints in Mexico and in the Middle East, where he's known as the "Arab Ace."   J'Nathan Bullock --- Rain or Shine Bullock is back for a second stint with ROS. Last season, Bullock and the Elasto Painters were eliminated in the quarterfinals but not after erasing TNT's twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs. Bullock will join a ROS team that will be coming off an Asian Games campaign in Indonesia.   Mike Glover --- TNT Glover was Globalport's replacement import for Globalport two years ago but now, he'll start for the KaTropa in the 2018 Governors' Cup. The hulking forward went for 25.6 points and 14.0 rebounds in his first PBA tour.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Phoenix set to unleash the ‘Beast’

PBA Governor’s Cup back-to-back champion Barangay Ginebra remains as the team to beat with import Justin Brownlee back in action. Meralco, which finished runner-up to Ginebra in the last two years, will also be in the hunt with Allen Durham returning. And San Miguel Beer will be San Miguel Beer,… Source link link: Phoenix set to unleash the ‘Beast’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Phoenix set to unleash the ‘Beast’

PBA Governor's Cup back-to-back champion Barangay Ginebra remains as the team to beat with import Justin Brownlee back in action. Meralco, which finished runner-up to Ginebra in the last two years, will also be in the hunt with Allen Durham returning. And San Miguel Beer will be San Miguel Beer,….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Brownlee expects ‘close’ PBA Finals ahead after lopsided first 2 games

The first two games of the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals have been entertaining to say the least. San Miguel, the defending champion, and Barangay Ginebra blew each other out in Games 1 and 2 and share a winning margin of 26.5 points, but Justin Brownlee doesn't see the remainder of the series going the same way how it started. Brownlee said both teams will clamp down and the blowouts will be a thing of the past. "Well, I'm sure neither team probably expects anybody to win by a big margin like that, like how we won in Game 1 and like how they won tonight," said Brownlee after their 134-109 Game 2 loss Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Gin Kings drew first blood after ...Keep on reading: Brownlee expects ‘close’ PBA Finals ahead after lopsided first 2 games.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

PBA: Aggressive Brownlee shines for Ginebra anew

Coach Tim Cone wants his Gin Kings to be aggressive in these playoffs and in Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals against San Miguel, Ginebra did just that. Using an explosive start, the Gin Kings overwhelmed the Beermen to take an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 series. Ginebra was already up by 15 in the first quarter and were up 19 at the break. Come the fourth period, the lead reached as high as 39 points. No one was more aggressive for the Gin Kings than import Justin Brownlee, who scored 29 points in the first half, 18 in the opening period. Shooting 89.9 percent from the field, Brownlee scored 42 points in total on top of seven rebounds and nine assists. "Coach, he's been talking about this series, the whole playoffs, that we gotta try come out aggressive and win game one," Brownlee said. "I was just trying to do exactly that: be aggressive, you know, look for my teammates, just try and take advantage of every advantage I did have. And let me got some shots going and gotta good rhythm," he added. Game 1 was Brownlee's second 40-point performance in three outings in the playoffs. Despite his high-scoring performances, Brownlee says its just a product of Cone's offensive system that allows him to flourish. "I like to credit the offense that coach Tim gives us. That’s number one. His offense, you know, there are a lot of different reads and things you could do out there with it. So I try to mix it up, and then, my teammates, they always try to find me. Whether it’s giving me a nice pass or giving me a good screen, and things like that," he said. "It just motivates me that they want me to score, they want me to be aggressive. I like it and I’m trying to embrace it," Brownlee added. For the rest of the series, he'll just continue to take whetever the San Miguel defense gives him and try to play his game. "I  just try to take whatever the defense gives me. Just try to run the offense, just try to stay aggressive," Brownlee said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

Kings draw first blood

Brownlee erupts Game Tomorrow: (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 6:30 pm – Ginebra vs San Miguel   Ginebra unleashed a strong start and an even stronger finish to crush San Miguel Beer, 127-99, in Game 1 of their Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup best-of-seven finals series last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Import Justin Brownlee caught […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

Brownlee plays near-perfect game as Ginebra thwarts San Miguel in Game 1

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Barangay Ginebra turned what was touted as a gritty battle against San Miguel into a cakewalk as it drew first blood in the best-of-7 affair for the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup championship. Justin Brownlee couldn't have played any better by delivering a near triple-double performance for ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

Brownlee, Chan shine as Ginebra tops Rain or Shine in Game 1

MANILA, Philippines – No one has yet to solve the Barangay Ginebra puzzle, not even Rain or Shine Elasto Painters who entered the playoffs with the No. 1 ranking. The Gin Kings stretched their winning streak to 8 games by drawing first blood against the Elasto Painters, 102-89, in their ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

PBA: Gin Kings destroy no. 1 ROS to start semis

There's still no stopping Ginebra. The Gin Kings rolled past no. 1 Rain or Shine Sunday to start their 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals series, scoring a nice 102-89 victory at the Big Dome. With Jeff Chan firing at will in the fourth, Ginebra finally pulled away to take an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-5 series. The win was also the eighth straight for the Gin Kings dating back to the elimination round where they had to climb out of a 1-5 hole to make the playoffs as the no. 5 seed. Ginebra got off to a fast start, firing a 22-7 run right out of the gate. Rain or Shine settled down after that initial storm from the Gin Kings, keeping things close until the fourth. However, led by Chan's 10 points in the final 12 minutes, Ginebra managed to break the game wide open again by firing a 16-0 blast to take its largest lead of the night at 24 points, 102-78. "Best part about doing this game tonight was being able to do it without Japeth. He's been out of practice since our last game against Meralco, he got hit in his Achilles so he had some significant swelling in his Achilles tendon area," head coach Tim Cone said. "We don't know exactly how long he'll be out, we're hoping he can suit up in Game 2, but we didn't want to risk him tonight with that swelling. He had an MRI, and the initial reading was a slight tear but after review it was swelling. We're being very cautious. We want to make sure he plays in this series. And also he's a national team player, so we don't want to mess with a national team player as well," he added. Import Justin Brownlee was his usual brilliant self to lead the Gin Kings, scoring 35 points on top of 14 rebounds and nine assists. Chan finished with 21 points for his best game for Ginebra so far while Greg Slaughter added another 20 points in a starting role. For ROS, Reggie Johnson carried the Elasto Painters with 30 points and 13 boards while James Yap scored 15 and had eight rebounds. Game 2 is set for Tuesday also at the Big Dome.   The Scores:  Ginebra (102): Brownlee 35, Chan 21, Slaughter 20, Devance 12, Tenorio 5, Thompson 4, Mercado 3, Aguilar 2, Caperal 0, Manuel 0, Ferrer 0, Mariano 0 Rain or Shine (89): Johnson 30, Yap 15, Daquioag 10, Tiu 7, Washington 6, Ponferada 6, Ahanmisi 6, Belga 4, Nambatac 3, Norwood 2, Almazan 0 Quarterscores: 31-27, 52-45, 76-60, 102-89   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Ginebra snuffs Bolts to bag semifinals berth

Barangay Ginebra, behind Justin Brownlee’s huge performance, battered Meralco, 104-90, on Wednesday and cruised to the best-of-five semifinals of Season 43 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. Brownlee tallied 36 points, six rebounds, nine assists and three steals while Greg Slaughter contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds to help the No. 5 [...] The post Ginebra snuffs Bolts to bag semifinals berth appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

In battle of endurance, Brownlee outlasts Onuaku

In a basketball game that saw two individuals duke out in a marathon, it was Justin Brownlee who passed the tape with the greater of ease. Barangay Ginebra rode the coattails of Brownlee to take the 104-90 win and the sweep Meralco in the PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Bolts, meanwhile, saw Arinze Onuaku run on fumes. For Brownlee, who played 41 minutes and 39 seconds, playing for almost the whole game was a testament to his hard work and discipline. "I pride myself every time I come, I want to be better than the last conference especially with my endurance and just the kind of shape I'm in," said Brownlee who had 36 points, ...Keep on reading: In battle of endurance, Brownlee outlasts Onuaku.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Sweep by gin kings

BARANGAY Ginebra waxed hot in the second half to finish off Meralco, 104-90, and seal a return trip to the semifinals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Justin Brownlee knocked in a game-high 36 points, including 24 in the first half, as he totally….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Brownlee dazzles as Ginebra sweeps Meralco to reach semis

MANILA, Philippines – For the nth time, Barangay Ginebra proves it has the upper hand over rival Meralco.  The 5th seed Gin Kings advanced to the semifinals of the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup by sweeping the 4th seed Bolts, 104-90, in their best-of-3 quarterfinals duel at the Araneta Coliseum on ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

PBA: Brownlee, Ginebra turn lights off on Meralco anew

Justin Brownlee continues to be a thorn on the side of Meralco, even now in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Stuffing the stat sheet with 36 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and three steals, Brownlee led Ginebra’s super surge in the third quarter to run away from the Bolts, 104-90, on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. Just like he has been in the last two Finals of the Governor’s Cup, the Gin Kings’ American reinforcement was an unsolvable riddle for Meralco. He definitely wasn’t working alone, though, as the crowd darlings had five different players contributing in an 18-2 run bridging the second and third quarters that increased a one-point lead to a 71-56 advantage. “We were able to come out and throw our punch in the third quarter,” a much more gleeful than usual head coach Tim Cone said. Of course, the Bolts didn’t quit and back-to-back threes from Baser Amer and Chris Newsome pulled them to just within 81-87 inside the last five minutes. Yet again, however, Brownlee had the answer for Ginebra and his assist to an LA Tenorio triple followed by a dunk from a Tenorio dish re-established a 92-81 edge for them. “It really came down to that LA shot in the corner. We were on our heels until that big shot,” Cone said. That double-digit lead would stay the rest of the way, cementing the crowd darlings’ sweep of the best-of-three quarterfinals against Meralco. In the end, Tenorio had 11 points and five assists to his name while Greg Slaughter also added a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double. The Gin Kings now await the winner in the do-or-die matchup between Rain or Shine and Globalport on Thursday. For the Bolts, Arinze Onuaku was atop the scoring column with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Newsome and Amer chipped in 17 and 11 points, respectively, in the losing effort. BOX SCORES GINEBRA 104 – Brownlee 36, Slaughter 14, Tenorio 11, Aguilar 10, Mercado 9, Devance 8, Thompson 4, Ferrer 2, Caguioa 2, Mariano 0, Manuel 0. MERALCO 90 – Onuaku 21, Newsome 17, Amer 11, Hugnatan 10, Caram 6, Dillinger 6, De Ocampo 6, Hodge 6, Lanete 3, Baracael 2, Canaleta 2, Ballesteros 0, Bono 0, Salva 0. QUARTER SCORES: 24-28; 56-51; 79-65; 104-90. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

PBA: LA being LA is reason why Ginebra is in the semis

Already having figured in two Finals series that went the full seven-game distance, Ginebra and Meralco were once again pitted against one another in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Quarterfinals. The Bolts registered a record of 7-4 in the elimination round and claimed the fourth-seed while the Gin Kings weren’t that far behind with a 6-5 standing and clinched the fifth-seed. Safe to say, just like their meetings in the last two championship rounds of the Governor’s Cup, not much separated the two teams. Ginebra floor leader LA Tenorio had to admit as much. “Talagang we expected that this series is not going to be easy especially against Meralco,” he told reporters on Wednesday. Indeed, Tenorio and company lost an 18-point lead early in the final frame and saw their new-age rivals come as close as 81-87 inside the last five minutes of the second game of their best-of-three quarterfinals series. Justin Brownlee and Tenorio connived for the answer for the crowd darlings, though, as Brownlee’s assist to a Tenorio triple followed by a Tenorio dish to a Brownlee dunk re-established the double-digit lead they would protect for the remainder of the game. “When they were making that run, LA made the shot in the corner for three and got the steal to toss it back to Justin for the dunk,” a much more gleeful than usual head coach Tim Cone said post-game. “That was the game for me.” That is exactly why, for the nth time, the multi-titled mentor had nothing but high praise for his court general. “(That’s) LA just being LA. He’s such a big moment guy and that was a big moment shot,” he said. For his part, though, Tenorio said he was just doing his job. As he put it, “Siguro, pamatay-sunog lang talaga after their big run. Sa akin, sana nga ‘di na umabot sa ganun e.” He then continued, “Pero actually, to be honest, during the game, ‘di ako kumportable e kasi alam kong babalik sila. They did.” Yes, the Bolts did battle back, but at the same time, Tenorio was there to meet them and turn them back. And in the end, the Gin Kings swept the series up against their new-day rivals. The player who made it happen is only hoping that, unlike their previous conquests of Meralco, this is not yet the end for Ginebra. “We still have best-of-five semis na lalaruin and hopefully, we still have Finals to play. Hopefully, ang peak talaga namin is more pa,” he shared. He then continued, “Medyo nagka-climb pa kami (ngayon) ang hopefully, makuha namin in the right timing.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Brownlee, Gins totomain

Game 2 vs Meralco Bolts Mga Laro Ngayon: (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 4:30 pm – Meralco vs. Ginebra 7:00 pm – SMB vs. TNT INAASAHAN ni Tim Cone ang mas mabangis na Meralco sa Game 2 ng quarterfinals ng PBA Commissioner’s Cup sa first game mamaya sa Smart Araneta Coli­seum, bago ang bakbakan din ng San Miguel Beer at TNT KaTropa. Parehong nakauna ang Ginebra, 88-81, at… link: Brownlee, Gins totomain.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Meralco keeps Ginebra struggling, spoils Brownlee s return

Meralco had no plans of partaking in any welcome celebration for Justin Brownlee as it frustrated Ginebra, 93-82, in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. Brownlee returned.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2018