- The Brgy. Ginebra Kings wins over NLEX road warriors with big help from their new import, Justin Brownlee
- The Kings have taken Brownlee in as replacement while their current import and scoring leader Paul Harris takes a break to recover from a thumb injury
- Brownlee has displayed excellent basketball both from the offensive and defensive end of the court giving the Kings their second win in three starts
The Barangay Ginebra Kings has just found themselves a basketball machine in their new import, Justin Brownlee.
Brownlee stepped up to the occasion by putting up 24 points and 15 rebounds that led the Kings to an 85-72 win over the NLEX Road Warriors, in the PBA Governors Cup on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The import was recruited to the team to cover for team's import and scoring leader Paul Harris who is still recovering from a thumb injury.
In his debut game as part of the Kings, he scored 7 points shy compared to Harris' output but made up by getting 3 more rebounds, 4 assists, and an excellent display in help defense and other things not visible in the stat sheet.
Talks about whether Brownlee will be permanently replacing Harris as their main import have been roaming the rumor mill.
Ginebra Coach Tim Cone has refused to comment on the issue but said that they are just happy to have two great imports.
For now, Cone is pleased with how the new import led Ginebra to its second win in three starts. Cone did not shy away from praising Brownlee's versatility.
"We knew he can score, but what we really appreciate is what he’s been doing for us defensively”, Cone said.
This is in obvious reference to Brownlee limiting NLEX top scorer Henry Walker to only 18 points, at least 20 points lower than his scoring average.
Without NLEX veteran big man Asi Taulava, the Ginebra Kings other players stepped up and rallied to victory.
The King's Japhet Aguilar wound up with 14 points, 5 rebounds, and four blocks, while LA Tenorio and Joe Devance scored 10 points each. Scottie Thompson had eight points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
The Ginebra Kings are definitely one of the PBA's most star-studded team. In this year's PBA All-Star weekend, the Kings has the most players that were voted by fans to be part of the all-star teams.
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Veterans like Mark Caguioa, Japhet Aguilar have both once again been chosen to start for the North All-Star team.
7 foot center Greg Slaughter, although has announced that he will not be participating due to an injury, has also been voted in along with Scottie Thompson, the only rookie to start in the All-Star game.