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Best Import Brownlee leads Ginebra’s annihilation of San Miguel


By Mark Patriarca

Justin Brownlee immediately proved his worth for the Best Import plum.

After suffering a 38-point loss two days ago, Ginebra summoned all their strength to get their revenge on San Miguel, 130-100, in Game 4 of the PBA Finals best-of-seven series, Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Right from the opening whistle, Ginebra immediately unleashed 17 unanswered points against the defending the champions, and they never looked back.

Justin Brownlee still stood as the team’s anchor as he dictated the tempo with nine points in the first quarter. His brilliance rubbed off to other locals as he finally got much needed help this time.

He finished the game with 37 points, 11 rebounds and seven feeds .

Aside from Brownlee, three of Ginebra starters also had double scoring figures. 7-foot Greg Slaughter posted 19 points, eight boards and three blocks. Playmakers Joe Devance and LA Tenorio had 18 and 17 markers respectively.

Arwind Santos 22 points went for naught as San Miguel’s main guys Renaldo Balkman and newly-crowned Best Player of the Conference June Mar Fajardo were below their usual numbers with 14 and 15 respectively.

Now that the series are tied, 2-2, both teams are expected to grind it out in Game 5 on August 5, Sunday, 6:30 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum.