JUSTIN Brownlee looks to have secured his spot as Barangay Ginebra's import in the PBA Governors' Cup after Paul Harris has already returned to the US.
Originally a temporary replacement for Harris, who suffered a gruesome hand injury that required surgery and has sidelined him for two weeks now, Brownlee has been what the doctor ordered for the Gin Kings, averaging 30.7 points on 51.4-percent shooting, 11.9 boards, 4.7 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.3 steals in 38.8 minutes in seven games.
“It was just very unfortunate that Paul had the injury with his thumb. I just think that when I came in, I had a good rhythm with the team,” Brownlee said after the Gin Kings’ 116-103 victory over Star on Sunday.
Gin Kings coach Tim Cone earlier said Harris, who is still two weeks away from getting cleared to play based on the initial timetable, remains on the team’s injury list and is still on standby.
But Brownlee has continued to solidify his spot after putting up 38 points, eight boards, two assists, and one block in leading the Gin Kings to the come-from-behind win over the Hotshots.
“Not to take anything away from Paul because I think he's an incredible player and he won a championship here, but I think we just got a good rhythm and I think they didn't want to affect that rhythm we had, and I think that's why they decided to go with me,” Brownlee said.