As Gin Kings open title defense, teams begin hunt for their Govs’ Cup crown

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJustin Brownlee has been hailed as the yardstick of success for imports in the PBA Governors’ Cup by no less than the league’s greatest coach.Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone is confident that Brownlee will live up to his tag when the Gin Kings begin the journey to retain their crown tonight against the Columbian Dyip at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manila routs Pasay, wins 4th straight LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “There’s a lot of very good imports and every import will be out there to prove themselves against him,” added Cone.Getting the first crack at Brownlee will be Akeem Wright, the high-scoring Columbian import who has yet to notch a W for the Dyip in three games.Cone foresees a rough stint for Brownlee in a conference where imports stand no taller than 6-foot-5.“I think, in many ways, Justin had an easier time in the big [import] conference (Commissioner’s Cup) to score and do his thing because nobody could really match up to him,” said Cone.“But in the 6-5 conference, there are a lot of them that can match up with him.”ADVERTISEMENT “He’s the measuring stick of all other imports at this point,” said Cone, who won three titles with Brownlee, the latest of which was a classic triumph over San Miguel Beer in the Commissioner’s Cup last conference.That victory further solidified Cone’s legacy as the coach with the most number of championships at 21, including a pair of Grand Slams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’With Brownlee back on his team, Cone and the Gin Kings will be aiming for a third straight Governors’ Cup diadem after frustrating the Meralco Bolts twice over in the Finals the past two seasons.This time, though, Cone expects everyone to come after Brownlee. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Kings, who will complement Brownlee with Scottie Thompson, Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio and Joe Devance, are coming in fresh from a long rest that took more than three weeks following their conquest of the Beermen.They needed every minute of that rest as it’s basically open season for their crown.Phoenix, which opened the tournament with two huge wins before stumbling against Alaska, aims to bounce back in the other game when the Fuel Masters face the TNT KaTropa.Calvin Abueva played against his former team for the first time since the Aces traded him to the Fuel Masters (2-1) prior to the conference.The KaTropa, unsuccessful with Stacy Davis the past two games, intend to steady their campaign after losing three of their four games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img

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