The Ginebra Gin Kings celebrated another excellent tournament run as Scottie Thompson and Justin Brownlee snagged the two biggest individual honors in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. They were honored during a quick awards ceremony before Friday’s Game 4 loss to the Bay Area Dragons.
Thompson lifted his Best Player of the Conference honors with a wide grin. Meanwhile, Brownlee was beaming with his Best Import award in front of a packed Mall of Asia Arena crowd.
The two aren’t strangers to individual plaudits, as they have been instrumental to Ginebra’s dominance over the years. Thompson won his first Best Player of the Conference award in the 2021 Governor’s Cup. He also won Finals MVP twice in his career. The Perpetual Help product was solid throughout the Commissioner’s Cup, averaging 11.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 5.5 assists in 45% shooting.
Meanwhile, Brownlee is widely considered as one of the best imports the PBA has ever seen. He joins Norman Black, Billy Ray Bates, Allen Durham, and Derrick Brown in the list of imports with at least three Best Import awards. The 34-year-old was a consistent rock for the Kings, averaging 28.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, 7.2 assists, and 1.2 blocks.
The two will be expected to do the heavy lifting to help the Gin Kings win the Commissioner’s Cup against a strong Bay Area team that beat them without their star import Andrew Nicholson.
Cone Doesn’t Have Answers To Game 4 Loss
OKBET fans were surprised when the Dragons managed to rally behind Kobey Lam to even the series without Andrew Nicholson. However, the odds were again tipped in Ginebra’s favor after Justin Brownlee and the Gin Kings won Game 5, 101-91.
Brownlee continued his incredible performance against Bay Area. He finished with an incredible 37 points, eight rebounds, two assists, three steals, and four blocks on 63% shooting. While Thompson had a paltry two-for-seven shooting, his eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals helped secure the win.
Meanwhile, Hayden Blankley took on most of the scoring load for the Dragons with a solid 27-point outing. Lam chipped in with his 16 points, but the rest of Brian Goorjian’s roster failed to step up and take the series lead.
The PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals will resume Game 6 on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Bay Area will have to pull off another fantastic basketball game to push the series to seven games.