BARANGAY Ginebra makes do with its short time with its replacement import as it starts a whirlwind PBA Governors’ Cup stretch on Sunday against Alaska at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Gin Kings parade Justin Brownlee, who takes over from injured Paul Harris, at the start of a hectic schedule that will see them play three games in six days, facing NLEX next on Wednesday before taking on Meralco in Lucena on Saturday.
Brownlee, who was officially measured at 6’4” 5/8 at the league office on Saturday, has only had four practices with the Gin Kings and that worries Gin Kings coach Tim Cone.
“That doesn’t give us a lot of time to break in our new import,” the champion coach said in a text message on Saturday. “We have faced a lot of adversity so far this conference and it’s just started.”
“But we will embrace the challenges ahead and keep moving forward,” he added. “I’m really starting to like the way the character is building on this team.”
The character was evident in the Gin Kings’ opening game in the season-ending conference last Saturday when the locals, led by Japeth Aguilar, Sol Mercado, and Chris Ellis, stepped up as Harris left late in the third quarter to beat GlobalPort by double digits, 93-81.
The Gin Kings face a tough test in the perennial-contending Aces, who seek to register their first win after suffering a 100-96 loss to Meralco last Sunday.
Tipoff is at 6:45 p.m. with the Aces banking on import LaDontae Henton and the return of star Calvin Abueva.