By JONAS TERRADO
Justin Brownlee finally arrived yesterday to reinforce San Miguel Alab Pilipinas’ campaign in the ASEAN Basketball League.
Coach Jimmy Alapag confirmed that he had a meeting with Brownlee before practice to discuss the reason why the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel resident import kept missing his flights since agreeing to join Alab almost two weeks ago.
“He had some personal matters that needed to be taken care of in the US, which we respect,” Alapag said. “Just glad he’s OK and we’re excited to have him back with the team.”
Alab was forced to play with two imports in Nick King and Sam Deguara after Brownlee failed to show up against the Kuala Lumpur Dragons and the Saigon Heat.
But now that he’s in town, Alab can now focus on trying to turn things around in its rollercoaster ABL campaign.
Alab also has another new signing in former Columbian Dyip reinforcement John Fields, who replaced Deguara.
Alapag will have a longer period to integrate Brownlee and Fields into his system after the ABL was forced to reschedule Alab’s games against Saigon and Hong Kong Eastern on Sunday and Tuesday as a preventive measure against the novel coronavirus disease.
Alab’s next game is on Wednesday opposite Taiwanese side Formosa Dreamers at the City of Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna.