From a championship just a little over two weeks ago, it’s still another day in the office for the Barangay Ginebra Kings.
Justin Brownlee brought his usual stuff and so did most of his Ginebra core players as the recently crowned PBA Commissioner’s Cup champs started another conference on a winning note.
They showed more than enough gas in their tank and spring in their legs as they warded off the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 116-108, before a crowd of over 10,000 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday.
“We’re trying to shorten the minutes of everybody but then Nards came out with energy and started shooting,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone of Nards Pinto, a guy given more minutes than the usual with the spark he provided in the clutch.
Brownlee started yet another Commissioner’s Cup stint with a 29-point, 11-assist and 10-rebound triple-double while Pinto came through with 12 markers, including two crucial treys, to be with four other Ginebra locals in double figures.
“Credit goes to Rain or Shine, they really came out and played tough and aggressive. But we got some rhythm and we got some stuff,” said Brownlee of their triumphant start in the conference where he has led Ginebra to four title runs.
The Kings did face some challenge, but used a key 11-0 blast in the fourth period to pull away from the Elasto Painters who even led by nine at one point.