No matter how hard they try, Ginebra import Justin Brownlee insisted TNT came out the better team in their battle for the top seed.
Despite the usual backing of their legion of fans, the Gin Kings failed to finish their elimination round on a winning note as the Texters kept on sinking their morale.
Ginebra slid down to number 3 spot with sister team San Miguel taking over the second position due to winner over the other clause.
“We just tried to rally and win the basketball. But Talk ‘N Text had an answer for everything we brought tonight, so hats off to them,” said Brownlee after leaving the losing dugout on Sunday at the Alonte Sports Center.
Down as much as 22, the soft-spoken banger spearheaded a late assault in the crunchtime for Ginebra, firing 16 of his 34 mainly on three-point bombs but the Texters regained their composure to frustrate the crowd darlings.
Brownlee blamed their lackluster defense in the second half on their loss, something that they shouldn’t do against a formidable foe.
“It’s not a reality check. We knew how good Talk ‘N Text was. Coming into this game, in order to beat those guys, we knew we had to play very well. But they brought their A-game tonight,” he said.
The real challenge though is just starting for Brownlee and the Gin Kings as they set up a date with a dangerous Alaska squad in the quarterfinals.
“They beat us, so we definitely want some revenge,” said Brownlee. “We know it’s going to be tough. The playoffs are not easy and we understand that.” – By Jason Mercene
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