Justin Brownlee quick to shrug off rare Ginebra off-night: 'It happens'
Justin Brownlee watches the game from behind the Ginebra bench. 

EVERYDAY isn't going to be Christmas for Barangay Ginebra.

Import Justin Brownlee consoled the Kings on Friday night after they were ambushed by the Blackwater Elite, 94-77, in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.

“Just keep your heads up. Of course, there’s going to be a lot of ups and downs throughout the conference. So just keep focused on the next task,” said Brownlee when asked what he told his teammates inside the dugout following the team’s first loss of the season.

The Kings whipped the Elite off the boards, 55-42, but shot just 36 percent from the field (29-of-79) compared to the 46 percent of Blackwater (36-of-78).

Worse, the Elite scored 29 points off turnovrrs while their bench likewise outplayed the Kings', 35-13.

Brownlee was quick to give credit where credit is due.

“Give a lot of credit to Blackwater. They came out hard, focused, and they played good,” he said of the former expansion franchise.

The same can’t be said of the Kings, according to Ginebra’s resident import.

“On the other side, I don’t think it was our night. Some nights it’s going to be like that,” said Brownlee, who watched the Kings play for the first time since being tapped as one of two imports of Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).

For one who had been with the champion franchise for years now, Brownlee is confident the Kings can quickly bounce back from the heartrending loss.

“Hopefully the next game the guys could turn it around and get back to winning games,” he said.

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