Coach Jimmy not complaining about ‘GI-NE-BRA’ chants for Alab

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 03, 2018 11:18 PM
Coach Jimmy not complaining about ‘GINEBRA’ chants for Alab
The Filipino fans were out in full force for Justin Brownlee and Alab Pilipinas

It was vintage Justin Brownlee on Wednesday.

Stuffing the stat sheet with 29 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, three steals, and two blocks, he made an immediate impact in his debut game in the Asean Basketball League.

In one instance, Brownlee and his team were down by three until he took and then made good on back-to-back triples that granted them both the lead and the momentum for good.

In that moment, the packed Filoil Flying V Centre chanted “GI-NE-BRA! GI-NE-BRA! GI-NE-BRA!”

Only, the Gin Kings weren’t playing.

Instead, it was Alab Pilipinas.

For head coach Jimmy Alapag, what was important was that the crowd was very much in the game. “I’m not complaining, that’s for sure. Our Filipino fans are the best fans in the world and the fact that they came out tonight to support Alab was great,” he said.

Of course, it was pretty weird for Alapag to be hearing those chants which were, technically, still for him and his team.

He has long battled Ginebra as a member of TNT and then Meralco.

In fact, it was at the expense of him and the Bolts that the Gin Kings claimed their back-to-back PBA Governor’s Cup titles.

Still, the rookie mentor was just glad that Brownlee, the owner of the now-mythical “The Shot,” is now a member of his team. “Justin, I have personal experience both as a player and as a coach. I got burned twice in the (PBA) Finals and I’m just really thankful that he’s now playing with Alab,” he said.

Alapag then went on to say that this was only the beginning for the Filipinos’ championship campaign. “After those first two losses (here at home), we finally got a win (for the Filipinos. Hopefully, we keep building from here,’ he expressed.

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