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Justin Brownlee vows to bounce back in Game 3 after worst shooting night in Ginebra’s Game 2 loss

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Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee, known for his exceptional performance, vowed to bounce back from his worst shooting output in their Game 2 loss to TNT Tropang Giga in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governor’s Cup finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday, April 12.

The 34-year-old Brownlee struggled from the field, shooting an all-time low of 18.8 percent as the defending champions suffered a 95-82 loss that tied the best-of-seven Governors’ Cup finals series to one game apiece.

Despite his disappointing shooting performance, he still managed to contribute in other areas of the game, grabbing 12 boards, issuing eight assists, and blocking two shots. 

Despite his struggles, Brownlee remains confident he can bounce back in the next game.

He acknowledged he let his team down and knows he could have played better.

Brownlee understands that as an import, he has to put up better numbers to help his team win.

“I felt like I could have come out, and played a lot better, mostly myself. I felt like I kind of let my team down as an import,” Brownlee said.

“I had good moments in other areas, but putting those common numbers for an import, I just have to be better.” 

Brownlee knows Barangay Ginebra needs him to perform at his best to secure another championship. 

In the series opener, he set the tempo of the match by firing 17 of his 31 points in the first quarter, leading his team to a 102-90 win.

The Gilas Pilipinas naturalized player gave credit to TNT’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson for his impressive defense on him despite his disappointment with his performance.

“Jefferson had a great game on both sides of the court. You have to give them a lot of credit for bouncing back. You have to give TNT a lot of credit. They switched their game plan as far as the way they were guarding me,” which contributed to his struggles.

Brownlee has been in this situation before and has always managed to bounce back in the following game.

His coach, Tim Cone, is not worried about his performance and believes that he will respond positively in the next game.

“I never worried about him having a tough night because he responds always for us. We’re not worried about Justin. He’s the last of our worries,” the decorated coach said.

The Barangay Ginebra team and their fans have complete faith in Brownlee’s abilities, and they know that he will do everything he can to lead them to victory.

With Brownlee’s determination and the team’s support, they are confident that they can overcome any obstacle and bring home another championship.

As the finals continue, Brownlee’s bounce-back performance is highly anticipated.

He remains one of the most talented and respected import players in the league and has a reputation for responding positively in challenging situations.

All eyes will be on him when PBA Governor’s Cup finals action resumes with Game 3 on Friday, April 14.

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