JUSTIN Brownlee hopes to bring luck to Barangay Ginebra anew as he watched the team’s PBA Philippine Cup do-or-die game against Alaska Tuesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The import arrived at the Big Dome just a few minutes before tip-off of the 7 p.m. game, the winner of which gets to advance in the best-of-seven semifinals against Star.
Brownlee said he showed up for the game to cheer for and inspire the seventh seed Kings, who forged the sudden-death duel against the No. 2 seed Aces after winning last Sunday, 85-81.
It's the first time the soft-spoken import will be seeing the entire team since sinking the game-winning three-pointer to clinch the Governors Cup championship against Meralco four months ago, ending an eight-year title drought for the league's most popular ballclub.
"I'm happy to be back and happy just to embrace everybody," stressed Brownlee, who disclosed he has kept in touch with some of his Ginebra teammates even while in the U.S.
So is he the lucky charm for the team?
"Honestly, all of those guys are my lucky charm. We did that together," he said of the Kings' championship feat. "Just being here in Manila is being lucky and very fortunate enough."
But Brownlee stressed the Kings will need more than just luck to repeat against a gritty Alaska side.
“Can’t wait to see the game,” he said. “For sure it’s gonna be a tough game. Both teams will come out very hard. Hopefully. We’ll get the win.”