Shades of Dubai for Brownlee in Ginebra's win over GlobalPort


By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--Justin Brownlee was Mighty's spark plug during the Dubai International Basketball Tournament, leading the team in scoring with consistent 20-point outputs.

However, it seemed like he was in Dubai all over again on Wednesday night as he exploded for Ginebra in its win over GlobalPort at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The six-foot-five import had an impressive all-around game, tallying 29 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, four steals, and two blocks in his debut in the Commissioner's Cup, where all the other imports are at most six-feet-nine.

Asked by some scribes, Brownlee said that the Dubai stint made him PBA-ready again.

"When I came here, I am in better shape. I got more playing experience. I thank [Coach Charles Tiu] for his help mainly for my conditioning and getting in better shape," said Brownlee.

With some of Mighty's players also suiting up in the PBA, Brownlee also looked at the DIBT experience as a means to helped him adapt to the Filipino game more.

"I got to play with other PBA players. [I was] just learning more on the style of Filipino basketball. It was a great playing experience in international competition."

Still, he got to thank the Ginebra management for calling him up after the Dubai stint to join the team anew.

"The trainers, Coach Tim [Cone], and Boss Al [Chua] did a lot of great things for making everything more prepared," quipped Brownlee, who became a household name after his buzzer-beating three gave the Barangay their first PBA pennant in eight years, last year's Governors' Cup title.

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