Brownlee, Ginebra torch GlobalPort to reach Comms Cup semis
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Justin Brownlee had the hot hand with 7 triples for a conference-high 39 points as Barangay Ginebra San Miguel routed the GlobalPort Batang Pier, 96-85, in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday, June 6, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Brownlee added 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the Gin Kings, who pulled away in the third quarter and built leads of up to 25 points.
The top seeded Ginebra finished off GlobalPort in just one game and will advance to the best-of-5 semifinals against either TNT or Meralco, who have yet to conclude their series.
"I thought we defended really well tonight, especially with Stanley (Pringle). He’s an explosive player and he looked a little worn out tonight. We challenged (Terrence) Romeo to beat our bigs and for moments, he did make big shots and tough shots, but we just kept the defense on him and didnt let him use his ball screens," explained coach Tim Cone.
"I think the game turned when Japeth (Aguilar) began dominating the paint in the third quarter. He blocked shots, he changed shots and I thought that really made the difference for the game. And when Justin (Brownlee) is knocking down his shots, that helps a lot. But I thought the defense of Japeth was the key on what we needed in this game."
Aguilar posted 21 points, 8 rebounds, and two blocks, while LA Tenorio added 12 markers and 8 assists.
Scottie Thompson had a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Import Justin Harper led the Batang Pier with 29 points and 15 rebounds, as Stanley Pringle was limited to 16 points and 5-of-13 shooting.
Terrence Romeo put up 22 points in a frustrating night that was cut short.
Emotions ran high late in the fourth quarter, with the result already in hand, as guards Romeo and Tenorio got entangled in a rebound play.
After the two briefly separated Romeo threw his arm, with a closed fist, towards the torso of Tenorio, who crumpled to the floor.
The pair had a heated exchange of words and finger-pointing. This led to a flagrant foul penalty 2 for Romeo, due to the closed fist, and his subsequent ejection from the game. Tenorio picked up a technical foul for retaliating and coaches Cone and Franz Pumaren also got technical fouls for stepping onto the court.
Tenorio complained furiously to the officials and his coach. Romeo did not walk quietly off the court and still had some words for Tenorio, who responded with a "go to sleep" gesture.
Ginebra (96): Brownlee 39, Aguilar 21, Tenorio 12, Thompson 11, Devance 4, Ferrer 3, Mariano 2, Ellis 2, Caguioa 2, Mercado 0, Marcelo 0, Helterbrand 0.
GlobalPort (85): Harper 29, Romeo 22, Pringle 16, Anthony 5, Cortez 5, Guinto 3, Ababou 3, Mamaril 2, Maierhofer 0, Grey 0, Pessumal 0, Pennisi 0.
Quarter scores: 26-19, 46-33, 76-56, 96-85.