Mar 20, 2023

Brownlee vs. Clark Part II

JUSTIN Brownlee crosses paths anew with Cameron Clark in the PBA Governors' Cup semifinals.

And this time, Barangay Ginebra's resident import sees an even tougher match up ahead of him.

Brownlee sealed a rematch with Clark after the Kings and the San Miguel Beermen dispatched early their quarterfinals opponents to arrange a best-of-five Final Four showdown.

The two faced each other in the semis of the same conference last year when Clark was still with NLEX, which Barangay Ginebra beat in four games to advance in the finals.

But with the 31-year-old Clark now with San Miguel, Brownlee believes he'll definitely have his hands fuller this time.

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"Of course, San Miguel they've got more talent over there even without June Mar (Fajardo). So I'm sure it's going to be tough," said the Ginebra import after the Kings eliminated the NLEX Road Warriors, 127-93.

With Clark pouring 40 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, the Beermen were likewise semis bound after a 121-105 win over Converge FiberXers.

"We've seen him before in the past during the semis last Governors' Cup, so we know him a little bit," Brownlee added about Clark. "Still, it's going to be a difficult task for us."

Clark has definitely been a different beast from last year, averaging 29.5 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in leading the Beermen to finish as the no. 2 seeded team despite the absence of the injured Fajardo.

And those numbers along with Clark's improved game are not lost on Brownlee.

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"He's definitely really good inside, and in midrange, and some perimeters. So just my opinion, he's one of the best imports this conference. He's been leading San Miguel very well," said the 34-year-old naturalized Filipino.

"We're expecting a tough, hard battle." (RG)