Imposing size will be key in Ginebra’s title defense

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Justin Brownlee led four Ginebra big men who finished with a double-double in the Gin Kings’ latest win.

Don’t look now but Ginebra is picking up some serious steam in its Governors’ Cup title defense.

After taking care of Phoenix, the Gin Kings are already on a five-game winning streak and have tied Meralco for the number 1 spot in the standings.

Despite flying mostly under the radar, Ginebra is definitely on a tear right now. Perfect timing since the Gin Kings now enter the toughest stretch of their elimination round schedule.

“Hopefully we’re not peaking yet but I think we got some great momentum right now,” import Justin Brownlee said after anothe double-double Wednesday at the MOA Arena.

“Hopefully if we’re not peaking yet, we could get to that level because I think we still got a lot to grow even now that we’re playing very well,” he added.

With the change of conference, Ginebra now enjoys the luxury of size the team didn’t exactly have in the Commissioner’s Cup.

Featuring an imposing frontline, the Gin Kings are making a conscious effort of taking advantage of this strength.

“With our size and the other teams being smaller, we definitely got to utilize our size especially on offense and defense,” Brownlee said.

“I think the key factor is how well we could play defense with our size. If we can defend like we have been, I think we could definitely have a great shot at repeating this year,” he added.

Against Phoenix, Ginebra’s top four scorers were big men and three of them finished with a double-double. The Gin Kings also dominated the boards vs. the Fuel Masters, winning the rebound battle, 76-47.

Ultimately, Ginebra’s supposed rock-solid chemistry and fundamentally-sound defense will carry the team to victory with or without size says Brownlee.

“It starts with our defense and then I think our offense will just come with it. I don’t think there’s anything that we can change up. We just gotta be even more focused and play with more inensity, treat every game like a playoff game,” he said.

“I think we just gotta be prepared and come with the same focus. It doesn’t matter who we’re playing, I think if we stick to our fundamentals I think we can beat anybody,” Brownlee added.

 

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