Justin Brownlee savors extended PH stay: 'I feel more Filipino the longer I stay here'
Justin Brownlee is enjoying his last few days in the Philippines. Jerome Ascano

FRESH off another PBA championship, well-loved Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee is definitely enjoying his extended stay in the Philippines.  

The 29-year old import spent his last few days enjoying the sights in the archipelago, searching for good food and a perfect hangout as he counts down the days before he heads back to his hometown of Georgia in the US on Tuesday.

His stay won’t be complete without seeing more basketball and he did exactly that by dropping by the UAAP games on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“I feel more like a Filipino the longer I stay here. I love it here, the people, great food, the chicken adobo, the basketball here, the college games. I just love basketball so I just come and check the games out whenever I get the chance,” said Brownlee.

“I was in Batangas this past weekend. I was just going around Manila, visiting some restaurants, couple of hangout spots with the team, but I haven’t got anywhere too far,” he added.

Brownlee actually came to support Adamson and Papi Sarr, who he met through his Philippine agent, Sheryl Reyes.

Sarr definitely didn’t disappoint in showing Brownlee what he’s capable of, scoring 25 points and grabbing 17 boards to lead the Falcons to an 86-70 win over the University of the Philippines Maroons.

“I'm actually a fan of Adamson and Papi. I like the team and I like him as a player. I think he's an incredible rebounder and when he gets the ball around the basket, you might as well say it is two points,” continued Brownlee, who was also wowed by the atmosphere in college ball in the country.

“Comparing to the US, it's a lot similar. The college atmosphere, for me it's a lot of excitement especially with the band playing and the fans they get really into it, they get emotional. I'm familiar with it and it's exciting.”

He hasn’t left the country yet, but Brownlee is already looking forward to his next tour of duty with Ginebra.

Being the only import to have won multiple championships with the popular franchise, fans are clamoring to bring him back for the import-laden conferences next season.

Brownlee hopes to get a call-up as early as the Commissioner’s Cup.

“Hopefully I could return pretty soon. I definitely would love to play the second and third conferences. I don’t think they have decided yet, but hopefully, I’ll be back, for sure,” Brownlee said.

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