JUSTIN Brownlee went as far as taking an IV (intravenous) therapy on the eve of Ginebra’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup matchup against GlobalPort on Wednesday night to avoid his legs from cramping up like it did in the loss to Phoenix last Saturday.
After being forced to go out with still over seven minutes left in the fourth against the Fuel Masters due to cramps, the Gin Kings import managed to finish the game against the Batang Pier as he sparked the turnaround in the third quarter on the way to the 113-96 win.
“I got an IV last night, so I think that helped out a lot,” Brownlee said. ”They (staff) did a lot of great things having me more prepared. Last year and last game, I was having trouble with the heat, just sweating a lot.”
“But it’s cooler here than Davao,” he said after flirting with a triple-double with his 29 points, eight boards, seven assists on top of four steals, and two blocks in almost 38 minutes of play at the Big Dome.
Gin Kings coach Tim Cone had no doubt Brownlee would come through against the Batang Pier – like what he did in the Governors’ Cup after also going out due to cramps in his debut.
“We really believe in Justin,” Cone said. “We really believe that it's just a matter of time before he figures it out again, figures out the level of play he has to get to for us to be successful.
“I think returning imports always take a little bit of time to figure out and remember how hard they have to play in this league for them to be successful,” he added. “I had that with Marqus Blakely, I had that with Denzel Bowles, Devin Davis, and all the way down the line.”
Cone classified Brownlee among those high-character returning imports.
“It's typical of imports coming back. They take things for granted for a while, but the good ones, the guys with high character, they figure it out and they start getting back to where they once were, so it's good to see Justin break out a little bit, hit some shots,” he said.