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    Will Brownlee jump straight from Ginebra to Alab repeat bid in ABL?

    Nov 17, 2018
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    ANTIPOLO – Justin Brownlee is looking forward to some rest before looking at his options at the end of Barangay Ginebra’s season.

    Brownlee and Ginebra fell short in their bid for a third straight PBA Governors’ Cup championship after the Kings lost to Magnolia, 112-108, in Game Four of their semifinal series on Friday at the Ynares Center here.

    Brownlee said rest is his main priority right now following a year of almost non-stop basketball for the popular import, having played for San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the previous season of the Asean Basketball League (ABL).

    Fans though are looking forward to seeing another stint from Brownlee in the ABL especially after the regional league changed its rules to allow a third world import for its teams.

    So far, Alab has Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos in its roster for the new ABL season which, incidentally, formally opened on Friday night.

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    “I’m not sure,” said Brownlee, when asked what’s next for him and whether the ABL remains an option. “Probably just rest, have my body checked out. Got a few pains here and there. Just try to make sure my body is healthy and then I’ll go from there.”

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      Aside from a third straight Governors’ Cup title, Brownlee was also aiming for three championships this year after winning the ABL crown and the PBA Governors’ Cup all in 2018.

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      “You definitely can’t win them all. We definitely tried. The two championship for the Governors’ Cup that we won two in a row was a great one but we understand that trying to win another one was going to be really tough,” said Brownlee.

      Brownlee paid tribute to Magnolia as well as its import Romeo Travis, who scored a career-high 50 points in the close-out Game Four.

      “We lost to a tough team. Magnolia showed why they previously won championships. They showed that it seems like they are ready to win another one.

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      “He is a great player,” Brownlee said, referring to Travis. “I played him before a couple of years ago in France. Great player, can definitely shoot the ball midrange. He gave us a lot of problems the whole series.

      "In Game Three, he didn’t play too well. He didn’t shoot well. But he is an incredible player. He can do multiple things. He showed why he is an import in this league,” Brownlee said.

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