We're down to the final week of the 2019 PBA Governor's Cup elimination round. Some teams have fallen off, while others are either fighting for survival or still jockeying for position. It's always chaotic during this time of the conference. But while all of that is happening, we take a quick breather by spotting the toughest sneakers of Week 8 of the tournament.
It hasn't been all that obvious, but Justin Brownlee has brought mad heat ever since he got to the PBA. His game steals the attention with all the big shots and the triple-doubles he collects. But make no mistake, the Ginebra import has a serious sneaker collection. He brought out a fresh pair this conference, rocking the AJ 33 University Red. Just look at that colorway. It doesn't get any more Ginebra than that.
Some call this colorway the Final Seconds. Some call it Close Out. Both were applicable when Rich Ross paraded them against Meralco. They were up against the hottest team in the league. They were down double digits in the third quarter. Yet, they found a way to get the W. Ross boosted the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and made sure they were going to get eliminated with a loss. It went down to the final seconds of the game. But yes, Ross and his crew were able to close it out.
In general, Sean Anthony plays more like Draymond Green. His hustle, hunger and dedication are all visible whenever he steps on the court. But wearing these Curry 7s to the court against Ginebra, he showed flashes of splashes. Anthony had 18 points on 4-for-6 shooting from deep. He was a big contributor as NorthPort battled back from a strong start of Ginebra. He also had 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals to maintain that Draymond-like overall impact.
If you're looking for stripes in the PBA, Kevin Ferrer is one guy you look out for. He has continuously showed out in different adidas sneakers throughout his career. His latest addition to his rep is the Pro Bounce Madness 2019. It's a modern take on one of adidas' classic silhouettes, only showing that their sneaker also evolves as the game does. Ferrer has become one of the bright young stars of the NorthPort Batang Pier. His evolution as a player will be one of the telling factors on how good his team could become.
It was just months ago when Trevis Jackson first introduced us to the All Star Pro BB. He wore two core colorways - one white and one black - both accented with touches of orange. Both of those pairs already complemented Meralco's team shades. Little did we know that Jackson had another one up his sleeve. Against Rain or Shine, the Bolts guard broke out the newest colorway of the sneaker. It was lit. Literally. As the name suggests, this colorway is embraced by flames and it tells us what Meralco has been this conference - on fire. Until they lost to Rain or Shine, unfortunately.