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PBA: Brownlee will be in Ginebra for a long, long time

Coach Tim Cone has jokes on his Best Import Justin Brownlee. After Brownlee helped lead the Gin Kings to a third PBA title, Cone was asked how long he plans to keep Justin with Ginebra. "He's done," Cone answered. "We don't want him anymore. Ayaw ko na, bad attitude na," he added. The greatest head coach in PBA history as kidding around of course. He doesn't want Brownlee out. In fact, he plans to keep him in the barangay as long as humanly possible. "He is special, and we're gonna keep him as long as he can stay healthy and as long as he can continue to play," Cone said of Brownlee. "I think he's the measuring stick of all the other imports at this point," he added. Since arriving in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup, Brownlee has now won three titles for Ginebra in four conferences. He's owned the Governors' Cup, where the height limit is 6'5". Now, Brownlee has a title, and a Best Import award, in the Commissioner's Cup, where PBA teams are free to bring in reinforcements of all shapes and sizes. For his part, Justin wants to be a ka-barangay for a long time too. "I wish forever," he said when asked how long does he see himself repping the Gin Kings.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnAug 10th, 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

Justine Brownlee: I want to be naturalized

Aside from playing for Brgy. Ginebra 'forever,' Justin Brownlee also wants to be a Filipino and be in the Philippines 'permanently.' Brownlee has been playing in the PBA for Ginebra since 2016. He has also represented the Philippines in the Asean Basketball League alongside Renaldo Balkman where they bagged the gold. This year, he scored his third Ginebra championship and the PBA Best Import award. With all of that success factored in, ABS-CBN Sports asked if he considers the Philippines as his basketball home. Brownlee did not take any of it. Instead, he topped it. "Not only basketball [home]. I want to consider it my home. Period." "You know, I wish I could live here all year round but unfortunately, [I can't] because of government rules and things like that but I wish I could be at home permanently," he said minutes before he spent quality time with fans Sunday afternoon in the Ginebra Victory Party held in Pasig. Team Governor Alfrancis Chua added on this. He joked during the program saying that Brownlee is no longer going to be an import next conference. "Hindi na si Brownlee ang import dahil gagawin na natin siyang Pilipino!," he joked which prompted the fans to chant GI-NEB-RA. But Chua then clarified with the media that if ever Brownlee's naturalization pushes through, it has nothing to do with his basketball career but more on his personal life. After all, naturalized Filipinos can not still play in the league as a local. "Sinabi ni Brownlee sa amin kaharap ang buong team, ‘Boss, I want to be naturalized.’" "Brownlee loves the Philippines. He told me many times na kung matapos siya ng paglalaro, he wants to stay in the Philippines and he wants to be naturalized. To make the long story short, he loves the Philippines and he wants to stay here for good." Chua then alluded to the likes of Norman Black who stayed in the Philippines for good after a stellar import career. Brownlee's feelings towards the country just goes to show how great it is to play for the Filipino hoops community. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @cruzdanine.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 12th, 2018

PBA: Brownlee will be in Ginebra for a long, long time

Coach Tim Cone has jokes on his Best Import Justin Brownlee. After Brownlee helped lead the Gin Kings to a third PBA title, Cone was asked how long he plans to keep Justin with Ginebra. "He's done," Cone answered. "We don't want him anymore. Ayaw ko na, bad attitude na," he added. The greatest head coach in PBA history as kidding around of course. He doesn't want Brownlee out. In fact, he plans to keep him in the barangay as long as humanly possible. "He is special, and we're gonna keep him as long as he can stay healthy and as long as he can continue to play," Cone said of Brownlee. "I think he's the measuring stick of all the other imports at this point," he added. Since arriving in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup, Brownlee has now won three titles for Ginebra in four conferences. He's owned the Governors' Cup, where the height limit is 6'5". Now, Brownlee has a title, and a Best Import award, in the Commissioner's Cup, where PBA teams are free to bring in reinforcements of all shapes and sizes. For his part, Justin wants to be a ka-barangay for a long time too. "I wish forever," he said when asked how long does he see himself repping the Gin Kings.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

PBA: Ginebra now the powerhouse, says San Miguel’s coach Leo

Ginebra put an end to San Miguel’s hopes for a Grand Slam this season. On Wednesday, Gin Kings dethroned the Beermen in six games in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Leo Austria, the head coach of the now-dethroned champions, only had high praises for the new kings of the conference. “We fell short because they played like a well-oiled machine. They kept on running. They kept on passing. They kept on making layups,” he told reporters post-game. The multi-titled mentor then went on to single out Ginebra reinforcement Justin Brownlee who was a thorn on the side of San Miguel all throughout and had 31 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks, and two steals in the title-clinching win. “I think the big factor is Brownlee – he can do it all. He can play the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (positions),” he shared. He then continued, “Any team will have a problem matching up with him because if you put bigger guys on him, he will play in the perimeter and if you put smaller guys, he will play in the shaded area.” And so, with the Gin Kings winning the Commissioner’s Cup and all set to defend the title in the upcoming Governor’s Cup, for the first time in a long time, the Beermen are seeing another team ahead of them. So much so that coach Leo said that Ginebra is the powerhouse for the next conference. “They’re the team to watch next conference because the import height limit is only 6-5 and they will have a lot of advantage because they have the size,” he said before mentioning Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Joe Devance, and even big guard Scottie Thompson as reasons. He then continued, “I’m thinking that they are really a threat. They are emerging as the powerhouse team.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

PBA: Is Justin Brownlee the greatest Ginebra import ever?

Justin Brownlee continues to work his magic for Brgy. Ginebra. After the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, Brownlee now has three PBA titles in four conferences. The league's Best Import is a perfect 3-for-3 in the Finals. Since 2016, Brownlee and Ginebra have enjoyed nothing but success together. If he had his way, Justin would like to keep repping the barangay forever. "I wish forever," Brownlee said when asked how long he sees himself playing for Ginebra. "But I don't know man. Just see how it goes. I hope for a long time, but I'm just gonna see how it goes," he added. Ginebra's third championship with Brownlee has to be the hardest though. The Gin Kings started the conference at 1-5, losing their first two games with Brownlee. But then Ginebra caught fire, and with Justin leading the way, the barangay made it all the way to the Finals. Once it was time to challenge the mighty Beermen, Ginebra overcame a 1-2 deficit to dethrone San Miguel. "I kept saying, the team you know, the morale of the team, everybody was staying positive, everybody was still came to work every day very hard, and everybody still sustained their confidence even though we were 1-5," Brownlee said. "It felt like, I can just remember going to practice and the confidence of the team, it felt like we were 5-0. I feel that's a big thing we had this conference, everybody just stayed positive and just kept working hard even though we were down," he added. Many people are starting to call Brownlee as the greatest Ginebra import ever, his numbers and his accomplishments certainly help him make his case. Justin is happy with that but that's not what makes him go. Tomorrow, he'll be right back to work. "Man, that's a great compliment, I definitely love the compliment. You know I don't like to think of myself like that," Brownlee said. "I just want to keep doing good, and just keep working hard, and whatever comes with that, you know I'll take it," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

PBA: Happy for Justin Brownlee, Renaldo Balkman is no sore loser

Renaldo Balkman’s redemption tour with San Miguel in the PBA did not end with a championship. Balkman and the Beermen were at the wrong end of a six-game Finals conquest finished by Ginebra on Wednesday. The Puerto Rican reinforcement had long stated that a championship was the ultimate goal for his return to Asia’s first pay-for-play league. When it didn’t happen, though, he was pure class. “It’s all good, man. It was a hard battle, but they came out with the win and congratulations to them,” he said. Of course, Balkman was feeling pain of losing, but in the end, had nothing but praise for the Gin Kings. “I’m a little frustrated, of course, cause, I mean, we lost a championship game, but at the end of the day, you can’t win them all. I’m not a sore loser, give all credit to them,” he said. He then singled out Ginebra counterpart Justin Brownlee who had 31 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks, and two steals in the title-clinching win. As he put it, “Congratulations to my man Brownlee. B and B, you know what they say, well-deserved.” He even told the reporters to pass that message to Brownlee himself. “Make sure he knows that, you know what I mean,” he said. Balkman and Brownlee played together for half a year in Alab Pilipinas where they won a title in the Asean Basketball League. In the PBA, however, Brownlee got the better of Balkman. For the San Miguel import, this is far from the end of the road. “What can I say, man. Maybe next time,” he said. Next time, as in next season? “If I’m available next year and they want me, of course, I have no reason to say no. If I do it, it will be another great year for me to come back and redeem myself,” he said. And if that does happen, Balkman had one promise. “If I come back next year, I’ll be stronger and much better,” he expressed. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

PBA: Tim Cone knows lights-out Game 1 will stir up the beehive for SMB

Ginebra head coach Tim Cone says that the Gin Kings did everything on their part to steal the first game against the San Miguel Beermen in Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals. With such a game plan, Ginebra filled the chambers with 61.5-percent shooting, including a scorching 13 out of 25 from downtown. Even he can't help but marvel at his team's shooting display, opening the post-game press conference with a hint of surprise. "We were firing on all cylinders, and we kinda got them on their heels early and just never let up. Those games happen. They happen in the Finals, they happen any time," the winningest coach in PBA history said. Cone added that the team's fiery offense never stopped from the get-go, as the lead ballooned to as large as 39 (119-80), midway through the fourth quarter, merely cascading their strong start. In a dominating Game 1 victory, the American coach expects San Miguel to come out firing for Game 2 on Sunday, and expects their opponents to launch a haymaker from tip-off. "But all we did basically was stir up the bee hive, and they're gonna be coming back, sting us big time in Game 2. But at least we came out, we were aggressive, and we played with confidence." Cone again was quick to shower praise to versatile import Justin Brownlee, who again did a masterful performance with 42 points on 85.7-percent shooting, adding nine assists, seven rebounds, two blocks and a steal.  "Basically you can't stop him one-on-one, so they're gonna have to get another defender, and we'll have to read that, see where it's coming from, and try to figure out how to battle it." As for Game 2 on Sunday, Cone obviously does not expect the team to be that hot again, but he hopes a little bit of luck come again at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. The long-time coach even took one of his former team's mantras to the Ginebra locker room, and it could not be more apt.  "Yesterday ended last night. So, this game ends tonight, tomorrow is a whole new day. So we can't let this success here affect the success going forward. It's too easy to think that, 'oh, we've arrived.'" Calling adversary Leo Austria as an excellent one in terms of adjustments, Cone could only hope how his team can do as he expects his opponents shifting to fifth gear next time around. "If I told you I'd have to kill you. Kidding aside, I think that we'll see ... That's the problem with winning a game in a series rather than losing. When you win a game, the reaction all goes to the other team, they make the adjustments, then you gotta come into the game and be ready to adjust to their adjustments." "...But we're not gonna come in doing exactly the same thing, either. We're gonna try to change some things up and try to keep them unbalanced." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

Ginebra ends month-long skid thanks to Brownlee s near triple-double

MANILA, Philippines – Justin Brownlee did not see his masterful effort go down the drain this time as Barangay Ginebra returned to the winning track in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup for the first time in almost a month. Brownlee delivered a near triple-double of 23 points, 22 rebounds and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

Ray Parks Jr. on PBA Draft plans: Never say die!

The future as seen in Ray Parks Jr.’s crystal ball remains murky. Yes, he has committed to play for the Mandaluyong El Tigre in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, but whether or not he will get to play there is yet to be determined. And with the next season of the Asean Basketball League still a long ways away, it’s safe to say the newly crowned champion and back-to-back MVP will not be seeing action there anytime soon. And so, that leaves one more big league – the first and oldest pay-for-play league in all of Asia, if you will. As to playing, at long last, in the PBA, though, Parks Jr. remains non-committal. What he’s already comfortable saying now is that he’s here to stay in the Philippines. Asked if he thought he has reclaimed his place among the top young talents in the country with his stellar showing in the ABL, he answered, “Was I gone? That’s all I gotta say.” He then continued, joshing with the reporters surrounding him while he was at it, “I can’t say I’m back. I never left. I got no love for the past couple of months? A’ight, talk about this, come show me some love the next couple of months.” And when PBA Draft time rolls along some time in September to October, the 24-year-old said he will have an ABL championship and two ABL Local MVPs to show everybody. “Keep talking about this and come (PBA) Draft time, we’ll see,” he said. He also added, “Never say die!” That last statement, he has left us to interpret by ourselves. If we use his post for Alab Pilipinas teammate Justin Brownlee, however, then we would have an idea of what he means.   Word cant even amount to how talented and humble this guy is🙏🏾..Definitely a stand up guy and just a great guy on and off the court.. @magicbrown32 im not gonna make this long bruh,just want to say i appreciate you for coming back to manila to put on a shower not only for Ginebra fans but also the entire Philippines 🇵🇭......ill be seeing you soon 😏 #NSD A post shared by Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (@ray1parks) on May 4, 2018 at 2:46am PDT So you say Never say die, Rayray? --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

Coach Tim angry at himself, real proud of his players

Ginebra’s campaign in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup has come to a close. With no answers for three-time defending champion San Miguel, the Gin Kings fell in the best-of-seven semifinals, 1-4. Still, the crowd favorites come away from this series with their heads held high – just like head coach Tim Cone told them to. “Sabi niya sa amin, he was proud of us. Sa dami ng pinagdaanan namin this conference, we still fought ‘til the end,” Japeth Aguilar told reporters post-game. He then continued, “’Di naman kami nagkulang. Malakas lang talaga ang San Miguel.” Aguilar mentioned how, throughout the conference, they played with key cogs Joe Devance, Sol Mercado, and Greg Slaughter sidelined for spells. In the eyes of Cone, that kind of fight merits much credit. As he put it, “Japeth really stepped up and we also got great performances from Prince (Caperal) and Raymond (Aguilar). Sol (Mercado) played real well tonight and Scottie (Thompson) was just incredible all series long.” Thompson had his second career triple-double in the series-ending Game 5 while Caperal and the two Aguilars did an admirable job in filling up for the injured Slaughter. Still, San Miguel proved to be too much for majority of the series – and the multi-titled mentor was the first one to take responsibility for letting it happen. “I’m angry that I didn’t do enough for them. I’m angry that I couldn’t win the games for them,” he said. He then continued, “I’ll be angry at myself and I’ll be real proud of our guys.” For now, Ginebra will just lick its wounds and head into the next conference hungrier. “Sana ma-maintain namin iyong health ng bawat isa. We're looking forward to Justin Brownlee coming back and ayun, we'll take a break muna and just look forward for the next conference,” Aguilar remarked. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 17th, 2018

Ranking the possible 2017 Governors' Cup Finals pairings

The 2017 Governors' Cup semifinals is starting to take shape, and from the looks of it, things might be over earlier than expexted. That means, the Finals will have an earlier start that usual. Before that happens though, let's take time to rank all possible Finals matchups because that's always fun. Okay, here we go.   strong>1. Ginebra vs. Meralco /strong> Two words: The Shot. A rematch from the 2016 Governors' Cup Finals is the best way to go, simply because there's unfinished business here and both teams seem to genuinely despise each other. Of course, the defending champion Gin Kings remain as the favorites here as all key members returned from last year led by import Justin Brownlee. A big factor, literally, is the return of Greg Slaughter, whose mere presence makes Ginebra the team the that the best frontline in the league. On the other hand, the Bolts have been plotting all year long for this one shot at redemption. No offense to Jimmy Alapag but Meralco now has a better guard rotation with the team trading for Mike Tolomia and Baser Amer taking the next step towards his superstardom. All the key pieces are there too and they all look better than ever. Allen Durham somehow found a way to be even more dominant and Chris Newsome is now a more consistent all-around threat. Jared Dillinger is also back in harness (he missed last year's Finals) and is steady as ever while Ranidel De Ocampo, acquired in trade for the sole purpose of getting over that playoff hump is adjusting quite nicely. If this rematch were to happen, it might be better than last year. And last year was an instant classic.   strong>2. Meralco vs. TNT /strong> Basically all the elements from the first series but add more emotion. Emotion that's not exactly hate. If this series takes place, it should be awkward at first, after all, some of the Bolts key pieces, including their head coach, came from TNT. It's barely been a month since TNT traded Ranidel De Ocampo. Jared Dillinger was drafted no. 2 overall by TNT and he won multiple championships with the team. Assistant coach Jimmy Alapag has his jersey number retired with TNT and coach Norman Black's return to the PBA after his Ateneo dynasty in the UAAP was with the then Tropang Texters. Jayson Castro, Kelly Williams, and Ryan Reyes are the only members of the old TNT dynasty that still see actual minutes for the KaTropa currently. It's like a reunion of that old team but with new stars like Amer, Newsome, RR Pogoy, and Troy Rosario ready to break out. If this series takes place, all games are guaranteed to be emotional and close. Also, it would serve as a final tiebreaker between the two MVP teams. In the 2016 Governors' Cup semis, the Bolts took a 3-1 decision over the KaTropa to make the Finals. In the 2017 Commissioner's Cup, TNT won a 2-1 quarterfinal series over Meralco to make the semis and Finals. Those previous two matchups were yes, emotional and close. Now, imagine a tiebreaker with a title on the line.   strong>3. Ginebra vs. Star /strong> Manila Clasico fans were spoiled this season, as both teams have already played each other ten times. However, Ginebra has dominated the rivalry so far, winning seven of those games. At least for this season, the Gin Kings have proven that they are indeed the better team. And if this were to happen, it might be a repeat of the 2017 Philippine Cup semifinals where Ginebra won in seven games without ever leading the series. That was a close one, but with the way the Gin Kings are built right now and the way Star is playing, a Manila Clasico Finals might not live up to expectations.   strong>4. TNT vs. Star /strong> Again, take all the elements of Manila Clasico and tone them down a little bit. Actually, tone them down a lot. As of right now, this rivalry is dead. Simple as that. Also, both teams might not even get out of the semifinals. TNT is consistently inconsistent, and Star is hurting and has no offense. Sure, both teams are more than capable of rallying and making the championship round but with all the possible Finals pairings, a matchup between the KaTropa and the Hotshots is the least enticing.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 4th, 2017

Gin Kings issue emphatic statement to start semis against TNT

Now, Ginebra is the undisputed team to beat in the 2017 Governors' Cup. The champs issued an emphatic statement to start their semifinal series against no. 2 TNT, scoring a dominant victory Monday at the Big Dome for a 1-0 lead in the best-of-5 affair. Making a late run in the first quarter to create separation, the Gin Kings rode the momentum all the way to the finish, leading by as many 34 points in the second half. 'They beat us up in the elims and we got them today,' head coach Tim Cone said, referring to TNT's crushing 121-92 win to end the elimination round last Sept. 23. 'Game 2 is probably going to be exciting. One way, we're happy that we're able to play like this because we're able to beat them. On the other hand, we just filled their bag with a whole bunch of motivation going to Game 2,' Cone added, already looking ahead for the next game. The Gin Kings unloaded a quick 10-0 run in the first quarter for a 27-19 lead, establishing control over a TNT team that just came from a grueling quarterfinal series against Rain or Shine. Using its superior size, Ginebra pounded on the KaTropa all game long, breaking the game wide open in the third period and early in the fourth. With the final 12 minutes pretty much garbage time, the Gin Kings still managed to put up a 113-79 lead as their defense held the KaTropa to only two points in the first six minutes of the quarter. Import Justin Brownlee led seven Ginebra players in double figures with 21 points on top of eight rebounds and five assists. Joe Devance was the top local with 19 points while Greg Slaughter came off the bench to drop 16 points, seven boards, and five dimes. For TNT, Glen Rice Jr. powered the offense with 26 points while Jayson Castro dropped 16, 11 in the opening period. However, the KaTropa's top-2 weapons combined to commit 13 of the team's 22 turnovers. Game 2 of this series will be on Wednesday at Batangas City.   The Scores: Ginebra 121 - Brownlee 21, Devance 19, Slaughter 16, Caguioa 13, Tenorio 10, Aguilar J. 10, Cruz 10, Thompson 7, Mercado 7, Mariano 4, Taha 4, Helterbrand 0, Aguilar R. 0. TNT 94 - Rice Jr. 26, Castro 16, Pogoy 12, Tautuaa 7, Carey 6, Nuyles 6, Rosario 5, Williams 5, Semerad 5, Hernandez 3, Reyes 2, Chua 1, Golla 0, Lingganay 0, Seigle 0. Quarterscores: 31-22, 60-48, 95-75, 121-94.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2017

Brownlee against SMB: The twice-to-beat, it was huge for us

The main storyline of the Governors' Cup quarterfinals matchup between Ginebra and San Miguel was the Gin Kings' bid for back-to-back titles vs. the Beermen's Grand Slam chase. Something had to give and unfortunately for the flagship SMC franchise, their Grand Slam count remains at only one. With Ginebra's rousing victory Wednesday night, a twice-to-beat edge certainly helped the Gin Kings big time, easing their pressure by just a little bit. Ironically, Ginebra has Govs' Cup rival Meralco to thank for its playoff bonus. As a matter of fact, the Gin Kings can also send a thank you note to sister team Star. Just last Sunday, the Bolts took care of San Miguel to wrap up the elimination round. If the Beermen won that game, they would be a top-2 seed and Ginebra will face Star in the quarterfinals. And you all know that crazy things happen everytime there's Manila Clasico in the playoffs. Instead, Ginebra secured the no. 3 seed with the Meralco win and made the most out of its unexpected blessing. 'The twice-to-beat, it was huge for us,' import Justin Brownlee said after the Gin Kings eliminated San Miguel following a convincing 104-84 win. 'Anytime you get an advantage over a team like that [Beermen], coach [Tim] he always tells us to take advantage of opportunities. Tonight, we had one of the biggest opportunities all conference long and we took advantage of it,' he added. The turning point of the game obviously came in the second quarter when Brownlee fired 16 points, breaking the game wide open in favor of the defending champions. Brownlee, who is in his third stint with the barangay, said that there were specifc instruction on him to set the tone early. And he did. 'Coach wanted me to come out and be aggressive, don't leaving nothing on the floor and just go all out,' Brownlee said after finishing with 37 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocks. 'That was our main thing, just come out aggressive from the first to the fourth quarter. I think we did a great job on both ends but especially on defense. It gave us the opportunity to separate,' he added. With another trip to the semifnals, Brownlee is looking forward to continue winning and complete Ginebra's title defense. 'At this point, it don't even matter. I was actually looking at the first half of the Rain or Shine-TNT game and Rain or Shine is playing at a high level. We all know what TNT can do so either way it goes, it's going to be a tough fight,' he said on their potential opponents in the next round. 'We're not hoping for either team, it don't matter who we play, we'll try to win,' he added.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 27th, 2017

Brownlee, Ginebra hold off Alaska for 2nd straight win

Barangay Ginebra is slowly building up momentum in the season's third conference after taking down Alaska, 109-101, for its second straight win in the PBA Governors' Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Gin Kings opened their campaign on a 2-0 start and climbed to the second spot of the standings and in the process snapped the Aces' three-game winning streak. Justin Brownlee was marvelous down the stretch for the Gin Kings putting up 17 points in the final frame as they held off the Aces' advances in the period. That heavy production of Brownlee, however, doesn't bode too well with Ginebra head coach Tim Cone's long term plans. "It was a stressful game, we weren't pl...Keep on reading: Brownlee, Ginebra hold off Alaska for 2nd straight win.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2018

PBA: Struggle in Govs Cup nothing new for Meralco, says Norman Black

To stumble out of the starting block in Governors' Cup action is nothing new for coach Norman Black and the Meralco Bolts. At a 1-2 record, the veteran coach is not sounding off any alarm. They were in a similar situation in Allen Durham's first stint with the Bolts, where they alternated wins and losses. They started 2-0, then 2-2, 5-3, then 5-5, and won their penultimate game, grabbing the fourth seed. Of course it was not a problem as they went all the way to the Finals, where they would be in the losing end of a Justin Brownlee buzzer-beater in Game 6. In their 80-72 loss against the debuting Alaska Aces, the Bolts were actually in control in the whole first half and the first five minutes of the third, before their opponents unleashed a run to take the lead and never looked back.  "Committed a lot of turnovers which they turned it into turnover points. AD struggled tonight against their defense and I thought their import shot the ball well from the perimeter, did a good job shooting the basketball," Black said after the game. With a very long layoff before their next game on Sept. 19, about a three and a half week layoff, all Meralco needs to think about right now is trying to shake off the rust and get the win against Phoenix at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. "Scheduling was not perfect but at the same time we just have to get better during the break."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 24th, 2018

Art Dela Cruz set to make long time coming Ginebra debut

After months of recovery, Art Dela Cruz is projected to finally debut for Barangay Ginebra in the upcoming PBA Governor's Cup. As per Dela Cruz and head coach Tim Cone, they are looking into fielding him starting around October. "Sabi ni Coach [Tim Cone], middle of the conference. My goal is October, second week of October. But my focus right now is rehab nga, and then sabi rin sa akin ni Coach na this time, i-sure mo na 100% ka na. And loaded naman yung team so there's no hurry," said Dela Cruz Sunday afternoon during Ginebra's victory party with fans for their latest championship. "He's due back maybe in October, but we'll see. We'll play it by ear by that time, we're not gonna push him," added Cone. Dela Cruz first ruptured his Achilles tendon during a Gilas Pilipinas practice in March 2017. He was still a player of Blackwater Elite then. When he was shipped to Brgy. Ginebra in a trade that involved Chris Ellis, Raymond Aguilar, and Dave Marcelo in August 2017, he re-injured his tendon before he had his Ginebra debut. It has been 17 months and counting since Dela Cruz last played a game in the PBA. "Medyo matagal na. Talagang maging patient lang ako, iniisip ko din 'yung long-term eh, hindi lang itong conference na ito," he said. In those long months, Dela Cruz focused on his injury's rehabilitation and understanding the sophisticated system of Cone's triangle offense. "Learning na rin yung triangle sa akin. Actually, bago lang ako sa triangle, most of my career is run and gun sa college [San Beda] eh. Ito slow ball kaya maganda rin pag galing ka sa injury, di ka masyadong masusunog," explained the former NCAA star. Interestingly, the versatile forward is also trying out the point guard role. "Actually, nagpa-practice na ako tapos ang position na nilalagay sa akin ni Coach, point guard. Ang laking bagay na noong sa college naumpisahan ko na. Pero ngayon, primary na eh. Primary na na point, kaya point going from power forward," said the 6-foot-4 player. As the Kings still celebrate their latest conquered land now - the Commissioner's Cup, there is no rush for Dela Cruz. After all, Ginebra seems to have long term plans for him in the pipeline. "After a second Achilles surgery, we do not want to rush him back. He's only 25, so he's got a lot of basketball ahead of him. And I keep telling him: it's not about this conference, it's about the next 8-10 years, that's when we want him for. We want him ready for the next 8-10 years," Cone shared. This is not a surprise given Cone's high regard on the do-it-all forward. He considers his game as a marriage of Scottie Thompson's and Joe Devance's. "We were choosing between him [Dela Cruz] and Scottie [Thompson] when he came out of the [2015] draft, and we chose Scottie which was obviously a great pick. But Art was a close second, just because we thought that his skills were very unique, similar to what Scottie does, but in a bigger version," Cone explained. "Art to me is kind of like the in-between Scottie and Joe, kind of right in between those two guys." Dela Cruz has so far posted norms of 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.7 steals in the PBA. Aside from Dela Cruz, Cone also targets to line-up new acquisition from Globalport Julian Sargent who is recuperating from a shoulder injury......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

How long does Justin Brownlee want to play for Ginebra?

MANILA, Philippines – Justin Brownlee will be forever etched in Barangay Ginebra's storied lore after helping the team notch its 3rd PBA championship in the last 6 conferences. Brownlee again emerged as the brightest star as the Gin Kings dethroned the San Miguel Beermen to become the new Commissioner's Cup ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

PBA: Slaughter has another Finals win over June Mar

Technically, Greg Slaughter already has three championships but the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup is only his second title where he actually played. And this one has Slaughter extremely happy. "Oh man, I think this is the best one yet," Slaughter said. "Right now, I'm on cloud nine. It's kinda surreal at the moment but after such a long conference, starting 1-5, to be here, it's very fulfilling," he added, By beating San Miguel, Slaughter has yet another Finals win over June Mar Fajardo. Greg's University of Visayas beat June Mar's University of Cebu in the CESAFI Finals, 3-1, nine years ago. But the star Ginebra center downplayed his personal matchup with the reigning four-time MVP. It was a team effort by the Gin Kings in order to take down the mighty Beermen says Greg. "We pulled this off as a team," Slaughter said. "Everyone stepped up, everyone played their role and we came out here and got it [championship], put all our egos aside, played our roles," he added. With another title under their belt, Slaughter is looking forward to the Gin Kings establishing their own dynasty to rival the one San Miguel already has. Ginebra will enter the Governors' Cup as the reigning two-time champions. "That’s what were working for, we won back-to-back Governor’s Cup and we’re a confident team and we think we should be up there with the rest of them, you know, this is what we play for as championships and we just got this one and we’ll stay humble and working to defend our Governor’s Cup champion next conference," Slaughter said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Party time for kings?

MISSING the PBA Commissioner’s Cup diadem for 21 long years, Barangay Ginebra has now a couple of cracks at ending its drought in the mid-season conference, thanks to its crucial victory in Game 5 last Sunday. But Gin Kings coach Tim Cone is not the kind who leaves things to….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

PBA: Coach Tim sees Thompson averaging 20-14-10 in future

Scottie Thompson put on a rare scoring show on Sunday to shoot Ginebra to a crucial Game 5 victory versus defending champion San Miguel. He more than doubled his scoring average in the conference and had 20 points on top of 11 rebounds and three assists. And so, when asked about Thompson’s scoring show, Gin Kings mentor Tim Cone opted to highlight his prized ward’s overall impact. As he put it, “Scottie had a great everything game. Unbelievable.” Coach Tim went on to point out how the third-year guard, as he always does, battled all those bigs on the boards. “He played Cabagnot all game long and then picked up big, huge defensive rebounds down the stretch because [Renaldo] Balkman and June Mar [Fajardo] were killing us on the boards,” he said. He then continued, “Our big guys were trying to keep them out and it was up to Scottie to go and get to the boards and get the rebounds. He did, amazingly.” While he is already, perhaps, the only player who could make highlights out of rebounds, Thompson is bound to be much, much more than a rebounding machine – if the multi-titled mentor is to be believed. “I think Scottie is going to become a more and more complete player. He’s gonna be a 20-point scorer at some point in his career,” he shared. He then continued, “He’s gonna average eight to 10 assists a game and he’s probably gonna average 12 to 14 rebounds.” Yes, coach Tim says that Ginebra’s young star has a chance to have per game counts of 20 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists in his career. Simply put, those are Russell Westbrook-like numbers. “He reminds me of Westbrook. I think he’s gonna end up playing like that eventually,” Cone said. He then continued, “He’s still very young and he’s playing with a lot of veterans. Sooner or later, he’s gonna become the veteran and then everybody will look up to him.” Even with the high praise, especially coming from the PBA’s winningest coach, Thompson, true to form, stayed humble. “Hindi ko po linalagay sa ulo ko. I just keep working hard every time and hindi ako mag-star sa ganun lang,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 5th, 2018