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Tenorio, Slaughter ready for Ginebra's early Commissioner's Cup stint sans Brownlee

CLS import Shane Edwards will fill in for Justin Brownlee as Ginebra's foreign reinforcement for the PBA Commissioner's Cup as Alab moves on to the ABL quarterfinals. Glenn Tan/ABL (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Ginebra fans rejoiced last month when it was confirmed that Justin Brownlee will make a quick return in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.

However, with Alab Pilipinas a cinch to clinch a semifinal spot in the ABL as the team is a heavy favorite over Saigon in the quarterfinals, Brownlee's PBA return may be stalled for a bit.

"We'll miss Justin," center Greg Slaughter told Dugout Philippines.

"Ayaw naman naming ipagdasal na ma-out agad yung Alab," said point guard LA Tenorio in a separate interview with Dugout Philippines.

However, Slaughter believes that it will not be hard for the six-foot-five guard-forward to jump back into the Barangay's style of play.

"He's already familiar with all of our players and our system of play. So when he comes in, I think it won't be hard for him to really catch up with us," the seven-foot beanpole said.

For both Slaughter and Tenorio, however, they are ready to play in the mid-season conference without their resident import.

"Kung talagang aabot sila ng championship... we'll see," said Tenorio.

"In his absence, we'll have to do our job, man up, and try to win these games," added Slaughter.

Tenorio, however, is optimistic that Alab will have a deep ABL playoff run.

"Hopefully, umabot sila ng championship," Tenorio concluded.

Ginebra will have an ABL import as a momentary reinforcement for the Commissioner's Cup, which is scheduled for an April 22 start, in CLS Knight Shane Edwards.

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