PBA: Justin Brownlee looks to bounce back as Ginebra seeks 1st win


Posted at Apr 05 2017 12:53 AM

Justin Brownlee finished with only 12 points and 4 rebounds in his 1st game with Ginebra since he hit "the Shot" in October last year. Courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

Justin Brownlee’s stat line in his 1st game back with Barangay Ginebra looked far from impressive. 

His team hopes the letdown is a one-time thing.

Brownlee tries to dust off some opening-day cobwebs when Ginebra takes on GlobalPort in a battle between winless teams in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday.

The 2 squads battle at 7 p.m., after Star and Mahindra face off at 4:15 p.m. at Araneta Coliseum.

PBA Commissioner's Cup
Team Won Lost Pct Next game
Alaska 4 0 1.00 Mer (April 8, Sat)
Star 3 0 1.00 Mah (April 5, Wed)
San Miguel 1 0 1.00 Phx (April 7, Fri)
Meralco 4 1 0.80 Ala (April 8, Sat)
TNT 2 1 0.67 NLEX (April 7, Fri)
Rain Or Shine 3 2 0.60 Mah (April 12, Wed)
Phoenix 2 2 0.50 SMB (April 7, Fri)
Mahindra 1 3 0.25 Star (April 5, Wed)
Barangay Ginebra 0 1 0.00 Gpt (April 5, Wed)
GlobalPort 0 2 0.00 Gin (April 5, Wed)
Blackwater 0 4 0.00 Gpt (April 8, Sat)
NLEX 0 4 0.00 TNT (April 7, Fri)

Brownlee was the toast of the barangay when he starred in Ginebra’s most dramatic game in franchise history, a moment so magical his return 6 months later for a 2nd season in the league thrilled fans.

After his dud Saturday, supporters should be managing their expectations now.

Brownlee finished with 12 points on 3 of 10 shooting from the field to go with only 4 rebounds. He didn't commit a foul, but played less than 30 minutes.

Tim Cone didn't make such a big deal of the subpar game. “We know Justin will get his bearings and put up big performances,” the Ginebra coach told Spin.ph.

GlobalPort's own reinforcement hasn't been an offensive force either. 

Sean Williams is averaging 19 points on 47% shooting from the field and 40% from the free-throw line in 2 games that GlobalPort lost by an average margin of 27.5 points.

Terrence Romeo, who missed GlobalPort's 1st game because of health reasons then had a forgettable debut against Star (13 points, 5 of 18 shooting, 7 turnovers), looks to regain his rhythm, too.

In the 1st game, Star aims to stretch its perfect start when the Hotshots face the Mahindra Floodbuster, who are trying to put their house in order.

After 2 blowout wins, Star needed a last-second shot to dispatch NLEX and up its record to 3-0.

Judging by Mahindra's struggles lately, win No. 4 could just be around the corner for coach Chito Victolero and his crew.

The Floodbuster just shipped out James White in favor of former NBA D-League player Keith Wright.

Last week, Mahindra coach Chris Gavina slammed his players for acting like a bunch of "crybabies."

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