Brownlee: Singapore Slingers were hungrier than us
Philip Matel on Jan 11, 2018 11:20 AM
Being the hungrier team proved to be the difference in the Singapore Slingers' win over Alab Pilipinas Wednesday evening.
Alab Pilipinas import Justin Brownlee said that the Singapore Slingers were hungrier than the hometown squad, as the visitors came away with a controversial 90-80 win at the Filoil Flying V Centre, Wednesday evening.
Brownlee, who contributed 16 points in the loss was nevertheless impressed with the Slingers, who split their back-to-back games with Alab Pilipinas.
"Coming off a loss, they just came out with a lot of energy, a lot of awareness, and they were just focused. They came in, fought hard. They deserve it. I think we relaxed a little bit. Coming off a couple of wins, by human nature, you tend to do that," Brownlee said after the game.
With the Slingers losing the first match in overtime against Alab, 89-80, at the OCBC Arena in Singapore, Brownlee knew that the team would come out more determined to carve out a win and avenge their loss last January 7, calling it the biggest difference of the game.
"They were just hungrier than us. You know losing a few nights ago, it showed. It's just that they came out more intense. They wanted it more tonight."
The newly-minted Brownlee, who is playing his fourth game with Renaldo Balkman as the imports of Alab added that he is adjusting well with the team, and that the jelling time he is enjoying with his teammates will only make communication among them better.
As for the controversial non-calls that saw Xavier Alexander lift both of his feet, drive, and hit a floater which clearly was beyond the shot clock buzzer, drawing the ire of coach Jimmy Alapag and the home crowd, Brownlee said that players cannot control a situation like that since referees are mere humans and susceptible to mistakes.
"You can't control that. The refs are not perfect, I'm not a perfect basketball player so they make mistakes. They try to do their best and I'll try to do my best because that's what I can control."
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