The Barangay Ginebra Kings rode the scintillating shooting of import Justin Brownlee who scored 47 points to lead them past the NLEX Road Warriors, 112-93, and make its way to the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Down by nine early on, Brownlee gave the Kings the spark it needed to vanquish the Road Warriors and make their way to the championship round for the fourth time in the last five seasons. The former Best Import award-winner already had 26 points at halftime and then, added 11 more in the third to help Ginebra establish a sizable lead.
Brownlee did it all in Game Four. Aside from scoring, Brownlee had 10 rebounds, six assists, three steals, and three blocks. He also made six three-pointers.
“Life is a lot easier when you have Justin Brownlee around,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone. “What a phenomenal performance that was by Justin. I’m amazed by it.”
Ginebra also got plenty of production from its local studs with Jeff Chan pouring in 20, LA Tenorio adding 14, Nards Pinto putting up 12, and Christian Standhardinger pitching in 10 to go with 11 rebounds and seven assists.
They will now await the winner of the other semifinals series featuring Magnolia and Meralco. The Bolts currently lead the best-of-five affair, 2-1.
Cameron Clark tried to keep NLEX alive in the series with his 34 points and 12 rebounds. However, it wasn’t enough as Kevin Alas just could not get it going. The Letran product finished with just six points on 2-of-13 shooting.
Don Trollano added 15 points for NLEX while Justin Chua chipped in 10.