Brownlee says strong start imperative as Ginebra looks to finish off SMB

More than leading Ginebra back into the Finals, import Justin Brownlee stressed he is more focused on staying aggressive on a nightly basis. 

“People will expect for a championship, but right now, we can only control what we can control and that’s going out there playing hard every night, every possession,” Brownlee told FOX Sports after Ginebra snatched Game 3 via Japeth Aguilar’s game-clinching buzzer-beater Friday.

Should the Kings dispatch the Beermen in their best-of-five semifinals duel, it will be their first Finals appearance since 2013 when imported Vernon Macklin led them to a runner-up finish in the Commissioner’s Cup.

“I don’t feel any pressure, if anything is good pressure,” added the Tifton, Georgia native, who averages 27.3 points and 12 rebounds so far in the series.

For Ginebra to shut the doors on a dangerous San Miguel on Sunday though, Brownlee believes a blazing first quarter will be a crucial boost in their bid.

Brownlee was pleased on how they handled the initial salvo in Game 3, racing to a 15-2 start after opening the first two games sluggishly.

“The start of the game is very crucial for us but it’s not gonna be easy,” he said. “We know it will be very tough. We just need to continue playing together, playing hard, and hopefully we can close it out.”     – Jason Mercene

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