ABL: Brownlee hopeful he will be 100 percent for Game 3

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 26, 2018 01:35 PM
ABL: Brownlee hopeful he will be 100 percent for Game 3
Justin Brownlee will have two days to heal up before Alab Pilipinas again wages war against Thailand's Mono in the ABL Finals

STA. ROSA, LAGUNA – Justin Brownlee almost sent another game of the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League Finals into overtime.

Alab Pilipinas’ American gunslinger had two triple tries to tie the tally and buy some more time for his team to do something, but both of his attempts clanged off the rim to end Game 2 last Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex.

And so, unlike Game 1 where they made a miracle happen and ultimately prevailed in overtime, the Filipinos were at the losing end of this one and now have the best-of-five series all even at 1-1.

Unlike four days ago, though, Brownlee clearly wasn’t at full strength when he launched his triple tries.

In fact, he was forced to the bench near the end of the third quarter and missed the majority of the final frame before being sent back in for the last shot.

Asked about the injury to their clutch reinforcement, head coach Jimmy Alapag answered, “Right now, we don’t know. He cramped towards the end of the game and I didn’t wanna risk it. It was a pretty bad cramp so he couldn’t really move well.”

Brownlee himself wasn’t exactly certain as to what he was battling. “I’m not sure, but when I was going for the ball (late in the third quarter), I felt something,” he shared.

Conditioning coach Chappy Callanta immediately went to work on their import’s right leg once the latter was on the bench, but clearly, the injury still bothered him when he returned to action.

Now, the Philippines is hoping for positive news when Brownlee gets his right leg checked out later in the day on Thursday.

Whatever it is, the fan favorite reinforcement remains upbeat that he will be back on the court to help Alab as the series swings to Bangkok in two days. “I’m not sure what it is, but hopefully, we can get right to doing treatment and getting rehab. I hope to be ready by Saturday,” he said.

Even opposing head coach Douglas Marty is hoping for the same. “I don’t know what happened to Brownlee. Hopefully, he’s not injured seriously. We don’t wish that on any opponent,” he shared.

He then continued, “They did a very good job without him, but I expect and hope that he’s back for Game 3.”

As always, Game 3 of the ABL Finals will still be LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream.


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