Brgy. Ginebra celebrated the career milestones of head coach Tim Cone and resident import Justin Brownlee with a lopsided win over Blackwater, 98-84, Friday night in the elimination round of the PBA Season 47 Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
Cone registered his 1,000th career win while Brownlee became the very first reinforcement to record 300 steals as the Gin Kings picked up their 4th consecutive victory and improved to 6-2 with 4 games left on their schedule. The Bossing, meanwhile, slid to 12th place in the team standings with their 8th loss in 12 outings.
“It’s a real honor to say I did that, but it just goes to show that I’m old,” said Cone during the post-game presser.
“We’ll definitely go for the 1,001st against TNT on Sunday. We’ll enjoy for a moment then move on,” he added.
Brownlee paced the crowd darlings with 17 points on 7-of-17 shooting with 2-of-5 coming from 3-point country. The 2-time Best Import awardee hauled down 7 boards, issued 3 assists and stole the ball 4 times in 31 minutes of action.
“It’s been a great week, especially topping it off with a win,” said Brownlee who saw his naturalization bid pass the first reading earlier in the week.
Scottie Thompson added 16 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and a steal while the high-flying duo of Jeremiah Gray and Jamie Malonzo came through with 15 and 13 points, respectively.
Christian Standhardinger returned from a one-game absence and contributed 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.
The Gin Kings will just have a day off before taking on the dangerous TNT Tropang Giga on Sunday, November 20, 6:45pm at the same venue.
Brgy. Ginebra 98 – Brownlee 17, Thompson 16, Gray 15, Malonzo 13, Standhardinger 10, Mariano 8, Pringle 7, J. Aguilar 5, Pessumal 3, Tenorio 2, Dillinger 2, Pinto 0, R. Aguilar 0, David 0.
Blackwater 84 – Ular 20, Jackson 14, Krutwig 11, Ayonayon 10, Banal 6, Suerte 6, Sena 6, Go 4, Dyke 4, Taha 3, Ebona 0, Melton 0.
Quarterscores: 27-22, 52-47, 75-58, 98-84.