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Brownlee opens Ginebra’s campaign splendidly by defeating Columbian Dyip

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By Mark Patriarca

Ginebra’s resident import came back with a bang as Justin Brownlee proved he’ll be one of the yardstick for this import-laden conference by leading the Kings to a 96-84 win against Columbian Dyip.

Already in his 5th stint in the PBA, Justin Brownlee open up their title-retention campaign with an impressive stat line of 34 points, 20 boards, five assists, three blocks and steals apiece.

Columbian kept the game close as they managed to tie the game at one point via Rashawn McCarthy trey, 66-all, against the two-time defending champions in the final quarter.

But Brownlee, Aljon Mariano and recent Finals MVP Scottie Thompson worked diligently to blitz a 12-4 run and take the lead 78-70.

Japeth Aguilar showed glimpses of his former self before injury by posting 14 points and seven boards, while partner Greg Slaughter also had a good outing with 14 markers and nine rebounds.

The ‘best rebounding guard’ Scottie Thompson almost had a triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight dimes.

Meanwhile, Rashawn McCarthy was the lone bright spot for Columbian by tallying 18 points. Jerramy King scored 17 but thru a dismal 6-of-12 shooting clip.

Ginebra got their first win on their opening game while Columbian Dyip suffered their fourth straight loss, still no wins this conference.

The Scores:

Ginebra 96 – Brownlee 34, Slaughter 14, Aguilar 14, Thompson 10, Mariano 8, Tenorio 7, Chan 7, Ferrer 2, Caguioa 0

Columbian 84 – McCarthy 18, King 17, Camson 14, Wright 12, Reyes 5, Escoto 5, Khobuntin 5, Gabriel 4, Sara 4, Ababou 0, Tubid 0, Lastimosa 0, Cabrera 0, Cahilig 0