After dealing with cramps, Brownlee appreciates "cooler" Manila
Paul Lintag on Apr 06, 2017 10:04 AM
"Last year and last game, I was having trouble with the heat, just sweating a lot. It's cooler here [in Manila] than [in] Davao." --- Justin Brownlee.
In his first game back in the PBA after helping Brgy. Ginebra break an eight-year title drought, Justin Brownlee dealt with a familiar issue.
Debuting in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup last April 1, Brownlee suffered cramps against Phoenix. Ginebra ended up losing.
Four days later for the Gin Kings' second game of the mid-season conference, no such cramps bothered Brownlee. In fact, he was in near peak condition as he led Ginebra past Globalport for the team's first win.
A lot of factors came into Brownlee beating cramps.
"The trainers, coach Tim [Cone], boss Al [Chua], they did a lot of great things having me more prepared," Brownlee said right after he led the barangay with 29 points Wednesday, 20 coming in a pivotal third-quarter run that turned the game around against the Batang Pier.
"Last year and last game, I was having trouble with the heat, just sweating a lot. But I got an IV last night, so I think that helped a lot. It's cooler here [in Manila] than [in] Davao," he added as he seemed to enjoy once again playing at the Big Dome, the site of his own version of "The Shot" in the Finals.
Already a bit late to their Commissioner's Cup campaign after the team got an extended break for making the Philippine Cup Finals, things does not get easier for Brownlee and the Gin Kings moving forward.
The team is set to play its third game in eight days as a Manila Clasico showdown against current no. 1 Star looms on the PBA's 43rd anniversary special on Sunday.
Despite the contest taking place early in the elimination round, big-time atmosphere already surround the rivalry game.
"For the fans, it's going to be a big game," Brownlee said on his second-ever Manila Clasico.
"I'm sure we're going to come and take that in mind, but as well just come out and play like we do every game. We need to win and we're going to go out with heart and fight," he added.
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