Brownlee gamble paying off for Ginebra
Paul Lintag on Apr 10, 2017 02:38 PM
So far in the mid-season joust, most especially against rival Star in Manila Clasico, the Brownlee gamble has worked for Ginebra.
Bringing back Justin Brownlee in a conference where imports are of unlimited height, Brgy. Ginebra definitely took a gamble on that end.
So far in the mid-season joust, most especially against rival Star in Manila Clasico, the gamble worked.
Brownlee, matched up againts the imposing Tony Mitchell, went for 30 points, 15 rebounds, and six assists, leading the barangay to a 27-point turnaround to ruin the Hotshots' perfect start.
Three games into his second tour of duty with the Gin Kings, Brownlee finally looked like the Brownlee of old, the one that helped Ginebra end an eight-year title drought in the PBA last season.
"Justin causes a lot of problems with people. He can play in and out, handle the ball, make great passes, he's a good defender," head coach Tim Cone said of his import.
"And he's kind of playing the way we envisioned him to play when we brought him in," he added.
For his part, Brownlee says Ginebra's big victory over the previously unbeaten Star was key to the team's campaign.
A key to a turnaround that should put the league on notice.
"I think this game definitely proved something to the league," Brownlee said.
"I'm sure a lot of people question, I didn't hear it too much, but I'm sure a lot of people questioned us about playing me as a small import against the other import. But I think this game was definitely a statement for us and we're definitely gonna use the momentum from it," he added.
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