Banned Balkman makes Philippine comeback, teams up with Brownlee for Alab in ABL
Renaldo Balkman last played in the PBA for Petron (now SMB) in 2013. Jerome Ascano

FAMILIAR faces will see action for Tanduay Alab Pilipinas when it resumes its campaign in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).

Team owner Charlie Dy announced on his social media account on New Year's Day that Renaldo Balkman and Justin Brownlee will reinforce Alab Pilipinas, replacing Ivan Johnson and Reggie Okosa.

The 6-foot-8 Balkman and the 6-foot-7 Brownlee are expected to see action for Alab on Wednesday against Westports Malaysia Dragons at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Balkman is an NBA veteran best remembered for a choking incident with Petron (now San Miguel) teammate Arwind Santos in 2013 that led to a lifetime ban in the PBA.

The 33-year-old last played for Reales dela Vega in the Dominican Republic league.

Brownlee, meanwhile, is no stranger to Philippine basketball, having played for crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra in the PBA for two years, guiding the Gin Kings to back-to-back Governors' Cup championships.

The addition of Balkman and Brownlee should be a major boost for Alab Pilipinas, which started the ABL season with three losses in its first four games.

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