Ginebra rises to the top of the standings with a win over Phoenix

Barangay Ginebra 101 – Phoenix Fuel Masters 99

Justin Brownlee came up big on both ends for Barangay Ginebra to get their fifth win of the conference. They take knock back the Phoenix Fuel Masters as they take the top spot in the standings with a 5-1 record. He finished with 36 points, 15 rebounds, six assists, one steal and four blocks.

Brownlee actually started the game off slow. He couldn’t find his range and Ginebra was playing catch-up for most of the first half. Even though Brownlee scored 18 points in the first two quarters, he needed 17 shots to get to that total. Brownlee also missed his first five attempts from beyond the arc to compound his troubles. Phoenix relied on their big three of Eugene Phelps, Calvin Abueva and Matthew Wright to stay ahead of Ginebra.

Brownlee woke up in the third period. He scored four straight points to push Ginebra ahead. Brownlee ended ups scoring 11 points in the third period to put Ginebra ahead by six. Phoenix stayed within striking distance, looking to steal the win in the end game. But Brownlee did enough in the end game to keep Ginebra ahead.

He blocked Abueva’s attempt to keep a one-point Ginebra lead. He then found Devance in the right corner for a big three-pointer to extend the lead to four. Brownlee came up with another big block to preserve Ginebra’s four-point lead. But Wright nailed a corner trey to cut the lead down to just one point. Brownlee sank crucial free throw to extend Ginebra’s lead to two points. In the final seconds of the game, Wright tried to tie it with a drive to the hoop but Brownlee was able to poke the ball loose to preserve Ginebra’s win.