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Magnolia's defense forces Brownlee to commit nine turnovers

Justin Brownlee was as happy as he was disappointed in the aftermath of Ginebra's 93-86 win over Magnolia in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup on Sunday.

Brownlee frolicked with an all-around outing with 29 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals in leading the Gin Kings to an 8-2 win-loss record. With the win, Ginebra clinched the twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

The American reinforcement, though, didn't take care of the ball as he committed game-high nine turnovers in almost 42 minutes of play.

"I feel like I didn't play up to par you know. I had nine turnovers today. I think i can do better for my teammates," said Brownlee.

But it was understandable. Magnolia's defense showed its teeth in the fourth period, forcing the Gin Kings to turn the ball over possession after possession and erase a 22-point deficit.

Brownlee was quick to admit the Hotshots' pesky defense did bother him.

"That's their game: get in the passing lane, get a steal, make them turn the ball over. Next thing you know they're on the break getting layups and hitting 3s. I just think we did a great job, just maintaining our game and play even though they got a good run," he said.

Ginebra coach Tim Cone shared the same sentiment, adding "we didn't play great but it was good enough to get the win."

"Every time we look like we're putting the game away they'll come back and have a big run. That shows how god that team is," Cone said during the post-game interview. "I was frustrated three or four times in the game. But that's the way they are. They do that to everybody. They use their pressure so smartly. We're just glad to get out of that and get the win and get the top four."

Brownlee, who is making a case for the Best Import award this conference, was just as glad to come out with the victory. With Ginebra assured of a top four spot, he is shifting his focus on their last game of the elimination round and the playoffs.

"I'm just really focused on trying to get better every day and win every game and get ready for the playoffs," he said.