OKBet Sports: Brownlee of Ginebra Makes the Kings Title Favorites and Sets the Standard for Imports.

The continuation of what has been a one-sided competition between Barangay Ginebra and Meralco was a story of two imports, with one of them managing to make a statement without even attempting to do so.

Justin Brownlee stepped up for the Ginebra Kings like he has done so many times in the past six years, leading the crowd darlings to a 99-91 win on Sunday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations. This victory gave the field that fearsome perspective once again after a rare struggle the previous week that had coach Tim Cone labeling it as a “clunker.”

The resumption of what has been a one-sided competition between Barangay Ginebra and Meralco was a story of two imports, with one of them managing to make a statement without even attempting to do so.

Justin Brownlee stepped up for the Ginebra Kings like he has done so many times in the past six years, leading the crowd darlings to a 99-91 win on Sunday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations. This victory gave the field that fearsome perspective once again after a rare struggle the previous week that had coach Tim Cone labeling it as a “clunker.”

When you consider that it happened just a few days after Ginebra suffered an inexplicable loss to Rain or Shine, that effort from Brownlee and the Ginebra Kings was nothing short of a statement game against a team that was regarded as being as formidable and an import with NBA pedigree, both of which led many people to regard him as the best on paper.

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“I told my wife that if you turn on the TV and you’ve never watched the PBA and you watched Justin having one of the clunker games of his, you’d think, ‘Why the heck he is on this league?'” “I told my wife that if you turn on the TV and you’ve never watched the PBA and you watched Justin having one of the clunker games of Cone said with a grin on his face after Brownlee scored a significant portion of his team-high 34 points in the final period of the game. “How on earth could he possibly be a foreigner?”

The First Game was Forgettable.

Cone said his import would rebound after shooting 7-for-25 in a 93-71 loss to the Elasto Painters. “He’s always bounced back in the five or six years he’s been here. We weren’t too worried.

Johnny O’Bryant, Brownlee’s Meralco teammate, wasn’t bad either.

The NBA veteran has averaged 30 points, 19 rebounds, and 4.5 steals in his first two games. The Bolts lost both.

Meralco coach Norman Black called O’Bryant’s signing a “home run” before the conference.

Black: “He must do more because we lost a key player.”

Chris Newsome sprained his calf in the first half of the Bolts’ collapse against NorthPort Batang Pier last Friday.

And there’s no doubt that Black is anticipating a strong comeback effort from O’Bryant, similar to what Brownlee just delivered against the Bolts.

What’s up with Johnny’s comeback?

Even though Newsome is out and O’Bryant appears to be searching for his place in the lineup, Meralco will have a five-day break before playing Terrafirma, and that could be the opportunity for the Bolts and O’Bryant to capitalize on in order to gain redemption.

“We were prepared for Justin to reveal himself to be Justin. Cone made the following proclamation: “I think the moment you start to doubt Justin, I think you’re a little bit silly.”

He continued by saying, “I just think you just got to keep with him and stay with him and he is going to deliver like he did tonight, like he did in the playoffs.” “I just think you just got to keep with him and stay with him,” he said.

And just to be sure, Cone brought up the parallels between Brownlee’s early difficulties and the most recent Governors’ Cup.

“I remember that halfway through the last conference he was here, everyone was wondering, are we going to change Justin with another import? Should he be adjusted in any way? After that, we were undefeated throughout the championship,” he revealed.

“If you have any doubts about Justin, you should be very careful.”

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