Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee admitted the flagrant foul penalty 1 slapped on his Mahindra counterpart James White may have changed the complexion of the game as the Kings fended off the giant killing Enforcer, 93-86 on Friday.
“Yeah that was crucial after seeing it on replay,” Brownlee told media men after game.
“I think it was the right call if we go by the rules, but unfortunately for them (Enforcer), he (White) had to sit out the game for three minutes and that hurt them badly.”
The athletic White went on to challenge a supposed attempt by Ginebra guard Sol Mercado, who at the last minute, made a pass intended for Japeth Aguilar when he was fouled.
After reviewing the sequence, the game officials slapped the flagrant foul 1 on White, who could only shake his head in disbelief as he went back to the bench to sit out for three minutes.
The absence of White though during the midway appoint of the last period hardly broke the spirit of Mahindra, which managed to keep the game close, narrowing the gap at 86-89 on a layup by rookie Bong Galanza.
“That (White’s flagrant foul call) was a crucial point in the game even though they still bounced back and played us well closing out the game,” said the sweet-shooting Brownlee, who led Ginebra with 27 points, 17 rebounds and four assists.
Still, the Ginebra import commended Mahindra for fighting till the end with White leading the way after finishing with 23 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks.
“They got a great talent. They play with lot of energy and their is very athletic, very active,” said Brownlee, who came in as replacement for Paul Harris.
“It was a great team win for us tonight even thought I don’t think we played too well tonight,” he added. – Richard Dy
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