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In blockbuster New Year's Day announcement, Alab signs Brownlee, Balkman

From becoming an instant superstar in Ginebra, Justin Brownlee will now suit up for Alab. Dennis Acosta (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—New year, new Alab.

Charlie Dy, the club's top official, announced just as everyone was done lighting up his fireworks early Monday that the ABL's Philippine team signed former PBA imports Renaldo Balkman and Justin Brownlee as its new world imports.

"Tanduay Alab Pilipinas welcomes Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman," Dy simply said via Instagram.
Brownlee and Balkman will replace Reggie Okosa and Ivan Johnson ahead of the resumption of ABL play on Wednesday night, when Alab hosts Malaysia at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

Brownlee was among the main catalysts of Ginebra's back-to-back PBA Governors' Cup titles the past two seasons.

Meanwhile, Balkman was a first round pick in the NBA Draft and notably played for New York and Denver before eventually landing a spot in the PBA as San Miguel's import.

However, that stint was marred by a confrontation between him and Arwind Santos that even saw the latter getting held on the neck by the former.

The incident led to a ban slapped on the Puerto Rico national team player.

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