BARANGAY Ginebra did it again.
The Gin Kings turned to import Justin Brownlee to bring down NLEX, 112-93, in Game 4 and book a return trip to the finals of the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Brownlee played his best game in the conference as he finished with 47 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals to power Ginebra to its seventh finals appearance since 2016.
It was also the third finals appearance in four years for Ginebra, which completed a dramatic turnaround from being the sixth seed team after the elimination round.
The 33-year-old Brownlee struck hardest in the first half alone when he scored 26 points.
The former PBA Best Import awardee added 11 points more in the third quarter as the Gin Kings turned a slim 53-50 lead into a commanding 84-71 advantage going into the payoff period.
The 47-point effort of Brownlee was also his playoff career-high.
“Life sure is a lot easier with Justin Brownlee around,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone after the game.
“You could kind of see it coming because you could see the intensity he had in practice yesterday, and before the game, even at halftime. You knew that he’d have a big performance.”
Jeff Chan added 20 points on a respectable 5-of-8 clip from long distance, LA Tenorio contributed 14 points, Nard Pinto had 12 points and Christian Standhardinger had 10 points for the Gin Kings, who finished off the Road Warriors, 3-1, in their scheduled best-of-five semifinal series.
Tenorio also redeemed himself from his crucial lapses in the previous outing and added three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
The win was also made significant when Scottie Thompson was limited to four points on 2-of-9 field clip.
Cameron Clark carried the fight for NLEX with a double-double of 34 points and 12 rebounds.
Don Trollano added 15 points and Justin Chua had 10 points for the Road Warriors, who averted a shutout with a dramatic 86-85 win over the Gin Kings last Sunday.
NLEX superstar Kevin Alas, however, was limited to only six points on a dismal 2-of-13 shooting.
Ginebra’s championship opponent is either Meralco or Magnolia Pambansang Manok.
The Bolts lead their own series, 2-1.
Ginebra (112) — Brownlee 47, Chan 20, Tenorio 14, Pinto 12, Standhardinger 10, Thompson 4, Tolentino 3, Devance 2, R. Aguilar 0
NLEX (93) — Clark 34, Trollano 15, Chua 10, Paniamogan 9, Alas 6, Rosales 5, Ighalo 5, Soyud 4, Semerad 3, Quinahan 2, Miranda 0.
Quarterscores: 22-22, 53-50, 84-71, 112-93.