DUBAI – Justin Brownlee is expected to be among the leaders of the Mighty Sports team that’s vying for an improved finish in the Dubai International Tournament that gets going on Friday night.
Coach Charles Tiu just made it official.
Brownlee has been named captain of the Philippine representative to the 30th edition of the annual invitational competition in the bustling United Arab Emirates city filled with OFWs.
Tiu made the announcement hours before Mighty opens its campaign against American University Dubai at the Sbabab Al Ahli Club in the matchup that tips off at 7 p.m. (11 o’clock Manila time).
“I chose Justin Brownlee as team captain because I like the way he conducts himself,” Tiu said of the naturalized Filipino candidate. “He’s a true professional, doesn’t complain, does what we ask of him.”
“He’s never been the most vocal person but lately I’ve been seeing it more – he guides the players through the plays and talks a lot more,” he added of the resident Barangay Ginebra import.
“It’s probably his first time being captain and it entails a lot of responsibilities but he’s up for the task,” Tiu continued of Brownlee, who forms one-third of the club’s triumvirate of reinforcements alongside Lamar Odom and Randolph Morris.
While Odom and Morris are suiting up for the first time, Brownlee is making his return and is eager to atone for the team’s disappointing debut two years ago, a campaign that saw the squad lose all but one of its seven games, including three outings that could’ve gone the other way.
Brownlee, a three-time PBA champion and the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup Best Import, showed he and the rest of the team, owned by Alex and Caesar Wongchuking, mean business as they plunged into practice barely an hour after touching down Dubai on Thursday night on the eve of their tournament debut.