Pringle Stanley Pringle of Barangay Ginebra drives against Calvin Abueva and Nick Rakocevic of Magnolia during the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City. Photo by Ernie Sarmiento

Ginebra one win away from finals

December 20, 2022 Robert Andaya 361 views

JUSTIN Brownlee achieved another scoring milestone as Barangay Ginebra clobbered Magnolia, 103-80, to take a 2-1 lead in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-five semis at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig.

Brownlee finished with 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Gin Kings, who can now close out the series and advance to the finals with another victory on Wednesday

Brownlee, who completely outplayed Magnolia counterpart Nick Rakocevic, made 6-of-8 shooting from the three-point area to lead G8nebra’s stronh offensive game.

At halftime, Brownlee has become only the fifth import in the league’s 5,000-point club, joining Norman Black, Bobby Parks, Sean Chambers and Lew Massey.

“It just says that I’ve been playing a long time, and I’m enjoying it. To be mentioned with those great names is an achievement,” said Brownlee.

“It’s a testament to my teammates, they’re setting me up. It’s a testament to coach Tim and a testament to the whole organization.”

LA Tenorio backed up Brownlee with 20 points, including four triples

The veteran guard also moved up to No. 3 in all-time three-points made list, passing No. 4 James Yap and No. 5 Ronnie Magsanoc.

Scottie Thompson added 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Ginebra, which led by as many as 25 points.

Jio Jalalon finished with16 points for Magnolia, which struggled without Game 2 hero Paul Lee.

Lee played only two minutes due to an ailment.

Rakocevic also struggled with only10 points and 12 rebounds in 37 minutes of action.

Aris Dionisio added 10 points.

The scores:

Ginebra (103) – Brownlee 38, Tenorio 20, Thompson 12, Standhardinger 8, Malonzo 8, J.Aguilar 6, Gray 2, Pringle 2, Mariano 2, R.Aguilar 2, Pinto 0, Pessumal 0
Magnolia (80) – Jalalon 16, Rakocevic 10, Dionsio 10, Ahanmisi 9, Abueva 8, Wong 8, Barroca 6, Corpuz 4, Mendoza 3, Sangalang 2, Laput 2, Lee 0, Dela Rosa 0, Reavis 0
Quarterscores: 17-15, 49-34, 74-61, 103-80.