Justin Brownlee challenges teammates to raise game to playoff mode

Justin Brownlee challenges teammates to raise game to playoff mode


Justin Brownlee challenges teammates to raise game to playoff mode

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Justin Brownlee is challenging his Ginebra Kings teammates to raise their game to championship level.

The Kings have secured their place in the quarterfinals as a fourth seed following Sunday's 127-124 overtime win over the Columbian Dyip.

Obviously, Brownlee is well aware of the challenges that awaits them and just want to make sure they are ready for the tough battle ahead.

A look at the standing indicates that Ginebra could face either Magnolia or San Miguel Beer in the quarterfinals depending on the result of Wednesday's double header. The Hotshots and the Beermen are tied at 5-5 (win-lost) records heading to the last the day of the eliminations.

Magnolia will clinch fifth spot and set up a meeting with Ginebra in the quarterfinals should it wins over league-leader Talk N' Text in their scheduled 4:30 p.m. meeting.

San Miguel Beer earns the right to face Ginebra in the quarterfinals should it beats Meralco in the 7 p.m. tiff coupled by a Magnolia loss in the first game.

In the event both Magnolia and San Miguel Ber wins their respective assignments, the Hotshots will secure the fifth spot and a quarterfinals meeting with the Kings on the strength of the winner-over the other rule.

Magnolia routed San Miguel Beer, 118-82, last June 26.

"It doesn't matter who we play, we have to come out and give an A-plus performance if we want to win," offered Brownlee, last season's Commissioner's Cup Best Import.

Ginebra won over San Miguel and Magnolia in in the eliminations. The Kings escaped with 110-107 overtime with against the Beermen last June 16 and manhandled Magnolia, 102-81, Brownlee 49 points.

"They are both championship-caliber teams, have great experience and have really good imports," Brownlee said.

"San Miguel have a new import and he's been wonderful for that team. We gonna have a dogfight against either team," he added. (JT)