PBA: Facing 'brother' Balkman for first time 'pretty fun', says Brownlee

Philip Matel on Jun 03, 2018 10:35 PM
Facing Balkman for first time 'pretty fun', says Brownlee
San Miguel also displayed its championship poise by scoring a huge 104-97 overtime victory, winning their second game in five outings.

In their first game as opponents, Renaldo Balkman got the best of Justin Brownlee in the individual and team match-up. 

The returning San Miguel import scored 24 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, but gave away the ball nine times. Meanwhile, the popular swingman submitted 18 markers, 14 boards, and handed out 7 assists, just three shy from what would have been his second straight triple-double.

San Miguel also displayed its championship poise by scoring a huge 104-97 overtime victory, winning their second game in five outings.

For Brownlee, he treated the game like any other, and sure, he said it was a lot of fun.

"[The game] was going to be a show, hopefully the fans enjoyed it. Personally, I treated it like any other game, you know, other than playing a brother but it was fun. They played tough," the forward said after the game.

Brownlee did not discount the fact that they lost their second straight game following his return to the crowd darlings, but noted that the Gin Kings had taken another step in improving themselves towards the playoff race.

"A tough loss, but I definitely think we could build off of it, and we just have to stay at it and you know, hopefully, in these next upcoming games we can keep improving on what we got out toinight and keep improving on it to finish our conference."

With Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag and teammate Ray Parks, Jr. courtside as spectators, the 6'7 forward was definitely thankful that the two fulfilled their promise on the agreement that they had made last week.

Even though Ginebra is sporting a 1-5 record, good for 11th in the league, Brownlee is very much confident that they could bounce back and prepare themselves for the long haul.

"We're still confident. You know, of course, nobody wants to be 1 and 5 but our hands are going to stay up and we're going to keep our comfort zones and just fight, trying to just to find out."

 

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