Justin Brownlee says he won't mind losing Best Import award again to 'beast' Durham
Justin Brownlee and Allen Durham are the top contenders for the Best Import award. Jerome Ascano

JUSTINE Brownlee said he won't mind losing the Best Import award to Allen Durham again in the PBA Governors Cup.

Brownlee and Durham found themselves disputing the coveted plum again after leading their respective teams, Barangay Ginebra and Meralco, back to the finals of the season-ending conference.

Durham beat out Brownlee for the award a year ago, although the Ginebra import had the last laugh after steering the Kings to the championship in six games.

This season, the do-it-all Durham is again the overwhelming favorite to walk away with his second straight Best Import title by consistently leading the statistical race with averages of 25.4 points, 20.1 rebounds, and 6.8 assists in 39 minutes of play.

Brownlee, 29, doesn't see any problem with that.

"I recognized he's incredible this conference. And I tip my hat off to him," said the soft-spoken import, who is averaging 34.8 points, 17.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in his third tour of duty with Ginebra.

The Best Import award along with the Best Player of the Conference honor will be handed out just before Game Two of the Finals Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Ginebra import out of St. John's said Durham deserves to walk away with the award.

"He's a beast," said Brownlee. "If he wins it, it's well-deserved."

But Brownlee sure hopes he gets another championship again.

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