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ABL: Justin Brownlee is getting more Pinoy by the day

By Paul Lintag/abs-cbn.com – Justin Brownlee has transformed himself into a cult hero in the Philippines. After leading Brgy. Ginebra to two PBA championships, one following a dramatic championship-clinching buzzer beater, it would be a surprise if Brownlee is still not a cult hero in the Philippines. Everywhere he goes, Read more ».....»»

Category: newsSource: thepinoy thepinoyApr 16th, 2018

Superteams and superpowers: Basketball in 2017

The common theme in basketball as of late is rather simple: build yourself a superteam and see where it goes. 2017 saw a bunch of superteams take the court in all levels. Some panned out and some did not. Nevertheless, we live in a world of superteams. Either your favorite basketball team is one or it's not.   Warriors World For the 2016-2017 NBA Season, the 73-win Golden State Warriors, a superteam in their own right, added former Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant. Oh my goodness. The Dubs then proceeded to decimate the NBA, winning 67 games in the regular season. Golden State was even better in the playoffs, making a serious play for a postseason sweep before finishing with a 16-1 record and a second title in three seasons.   Seriously, it's a Warriors World that we live in Golden State's success has prompted other teams to try and create their own superteam. Houston snatched Chris Paul away from the Los Angeles Clippers and now the Rockets have a potent backcourt combo that also feature MVP contender James Harden. Oklahoma City completed two incredible trades that made Paul George and Carmelo Anthony members of the Thunder. Oh, OKC also has MVP winner Russell Westbrook running point. The Timberwolves also have something going on in Minnesota as Jimmy Butler joined Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins for a young and intriguing Big 3. The Eastern Conference landscape changed when Cleveland traded Kyrie Irving to Boston. The Celtics previously signed Gordon Hayward and all of a sudden, the winningest NBA franchise is in position to take over the East now and the forseeable future. Speaking of Cleveland, LeBron James is still with the Cavs and they've added Dwyane Wade of all people to join an aging but still scary superteam. The King started this whole superteam craze. Golden State just happened to perfect. We all live in a Warriors World.   Feer the Beer Over in the PBA, the Philippines' premier superteam is still pretty effective despite its stars each playing almost 40 minutes per game. A year removed from the "Beeracle Run," San Miguel made history by being only the second team to capture the Perpetual Trophy following three straight Philippine Cup titles. Then the Beermen, with the top-3 MVP candidates in June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot, and Chris Ross, plus Arwind Santos and Marcio Lassiter, ended the franchise's 16-year championship drought in the Commissioner's Cup. With the help of import Charles Rhodes of course. San Miguel had legitimate chances to win the Grand Slam of course, but the team ultimately fell short in the Governors' Cup. However, the Beermen did add 6'8" Fil-German Christian Standhardinger to the fold. Superteam.   Return of the Kings It was the perfect set up. Meralco earned the number 1 seed and was rolling all the way to the Finals. Meanwhile, the Gink Kings had to go through yet another emotional and heated series against rival TNT in the semifinals in order to have a chance to properly defend their title. The series before that? The Gin Kings had to end San Miguel's Grand Slam dreams. In the 2017 Governors' Cup Finals, Meralco was in perfect position to take The Rematch and allow the birth of a new PBA rivalry. After seven games, none of that happened and Ginebra won back-to-back titles by virtue of their quote unquote superteam. Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Joe Devance, Justin Brownlee, LA Tenorio, Sol Mercado, and Scottie Thompson. How is that not a superteam? The Kangkong jokes sure died a slow death.   Systematic Mayhem Even in college hoops, superteams are the way to go. However, in the amatuers, you just have to recruit your way into building one. La Salle has perfected this method and the Green Archers are certainly the biggest --- and loudest and most aggressive ---- recruiters. The Taft superteam featuring Ben Mbala and co. got the Green Archers to two UAAP Finals and one championship. Only one championship because another superteam, quietly built in Katipunan with surgical, perhaps even robotic, precision, beat them this year. That's right, Big Bad Blue is once again on top of the UAAP as the Ateneo Blue Eagles scored a sensational, near-sweep of UAAP Season 80. Coach Tab Baldwin has a collection of incredible players that may not look like it on first glance but they do certainly qualify for superteam status. Dom't believe it? Maybe you will after they complete a five-peat. It could happen.   Sweep In the other collegiate league, two superteams dominated the NCAA for two separate periods in one season. First, Lyceum, the surprise superteam, made history by completing an 18-game sweep of the elimination round. However, the Pirates ran into the league's decade-old superteam in San Beda and the Red Lions ended up sweeping the Finals for yet another title. Most of the major characters from both squads will return for a new season and if a San Beda-Lyceum rematch does not happen, well, that's just disappointing isn't it?   OVERTIME 2017 also saw the rise and fall and rise of the Gilas Pilipinas program. Well sort of. The Philippines got off to a great star this year by absolutely dominating the SEABA Championships. Then, disaster struck in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup when Gilas was embarassed by an old foe in South Korea. To end the year, the Philippine national team recovered, albeit in an ugly fashion, to take an early lead in the 2019 World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Gilas is more than capable of forming a Pinoy superteam that could compete, and even beat, the best of Asia. Let's hope we get that in 2018. Finally, 2017 also saw the Civil War PBA edition. It wasn't funny and it wasn't good. Fortunately, it seems that bright and peacuful days are ahead of our beloved league. Let's hope that's the case and let's just leave the bad memories behind this year. Time to move on and forget about that stuff. There are basketball games to be played.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

Balkman back to natural position as forward as Alab taps hulking Ramos

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas head coach Jimmy Alapag will surely miss having Justin Brownlee on the floor but having the 7-foot-3 PJ Ramos adds another dimension to his team.........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

PBA: ROS finally on the board after stopping Gin Kings

Down goes Ginebra. Rain or Shine is finally on the board in the 2018 PBA Governors Cup, stunning the defending two-time champion Gin Kings, 104-97, Saturday at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena. Winless through four games, the Elasto Painters got their first win on their fifth try, improving to 1-4 in the standings to jumpstart their chase for a playoff spot. ROS led by as many as 19 points in the third period before nearly losing all of it in the fourth. Luckily, the Elasto Painters had enough to hold off Ginebra for the victory. Terrence Watson played his best game for ROS, firing 29 points on top of 19 rebounds. Three locals also finished in double figures for the Elasto Painters led by 18 points from Jewel Ponferada. For the Gin Kings, it was Justin Brownlee with 23 points. Ginebra dropped to 7-2 with the setback, losing their grip for first place.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

Red-hot Ginebra clinches playoff berth at Meralco s expense

STA. ROSA CITY, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra secured its playoffs seat in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup following a come-from-behind 111-105 win over Meralco at the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex here on Sunday, October 7.  Justin Brownlee and Japeth Aguilar conjoined for 62 points as the Gin Kings improved to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

PBA: Gin Kings keep power shut at Meralco

STA. ROSA, Laguna --- The Gin Kings take the latest round of Ginebra-Meralco showdown in the PBA Governors' Cup. Ginebra, the reigning two-time champions, frustrated rival Meralco Sunday at the City Multi-Purpose Center here, picking up a 111-105 decision. Pulling away in the fourth period, Ginebra improved to a league-best 7-1 in the standings. Down late in the third, the Gin Kings used a flurry from Justin Brownlee to quickly turn the table and take a 75-72 lead entering the fourth. That run was part of a 15-0 bomb that extended to the start of the final period. The Gin Kings ended up leading by as many as 14, 102-88, which they ended up needing as the Bolts tried to steal the win away in the final minute and change. Super import Justin Brownlee and Japeth Aguilar each scored 31 points to lead Ginebra while LA Tenorio added 18 points. The Bolts dropped a fifth straight game for a 1-5 record. Reigning two-time Best Import dropped 36 points, 16 rebounds, and nine assists. Chris Newsome was Meralco's top local with 25 points on top of six rebounds and eight assists.   The Scores: Ginebra 111 - Brownlee 31, Aguilar 31, Tenorio 18, Caperal 8, Thompson 8, Chan 6, Ferrer 4, Mariano 3, Caguioa 2.  Meralco 105 - Durham 36, Newsome 25, Canaleta 11, Salva 11, Hodge 10, Amer 6, Caram 2, Hugnatan 2, Bono 2, Lanete 0, Jamito 0, Tolomia 0.  Quarters: 23-24, 46-48, 75-72, 111-105.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 7th, 2018

PBA: Ginebra drives past NLEX to keep 1st place

Just too much firepower in this Ginebra team. The two-time defending champion Gin Kings overwhelmed NLEX Friday in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, taking a 106-92 win at the Big Dome. Engaged in a close contest at the break, Ginebra dropped 40 points in the third period, breaking the game wide open. The Gin Kings landed the finishing blow early in the fourth and the champs improved to 6-1 in the standings solo first. Super import Justin Brownlee scored 26 points to lead the Gin Kings in scoring. LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar added 17 points each. Mark Caguioa finished with 16 points, giving him exactly 10,000 for his career. He got the milestone after a 15-foot jumper with 1:10 to go in the game. The Spark is the 15th local in PBA history to achieve 10k and he's one of only two active players after James Yap. The Road Warriors dropped to 4-3 with the loss. Larry Fonacier led NLEC with 21 points.   The Scores: Ginebra 106 - Brownlee 26, Aguilar 17, Tenorio 17, Caguioa 16, Mariano 10, Chan 6, Caperal 6, Ferrer 5, Manuel 2, Thompson 1, Aguilar R. 0. NLEX 92 - Fonacier 21, Fuller 20, Quinahan 13, Paniamogan 10, Tiongson 9, Mallari 8, Miranda 8, Taulava 3, Rios 0, Ighalo 0, Baguio 0, Galanza 0, Tallo 0. Quarters: 24-22, 42-41, 82-65, 106-92.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 5th, 2018

Kings of the road: Ginebra pips Phoenix, grabs conference lead

Justin Brownlee cones up with a beastly performance to power Ginebra past Calvin Abueva and Phoenix. --PBA IMAGES CAGAYAN De Oro--Justin Brownlee scored 34 points for Barangay Ginebra and disrupted.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

Thompson, Brownlee lift depleted Ginebra over Phoenix to gain top spot

Barangay Ginebra continued to win despite being riddled with injuries, this time beating much-improved Phoenix, 101-99, in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Saturday at Xavier University Gym in Cagayan De Oro City. The Gin Kings played minus four vital cogs including big men Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar and still drew enough contributions from key mainstays Justin Brownlee, Scottie Thompson, Joe Devance and LA Tenorio to come away with their fifth victory. Ginebra climbed to the top spot with a 5-1 slate while Phoenix slipped to fourth at 5-2. Thompson dazzled with 12 points, 14 rebounds and six assists while Brownlee topscored with 34 that went with 15 rebounds and six assis...Keep on reading: Thompson, Brownlee lift depleted Ginebra over Phoenix to gain top spot.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

Ginebra trips San Miguel in heated rematch

        MANILA, Philippines – Justin Brownlee recorded a near triple-double and Aljon Mariano also had a stellar outing as Ginebra bested the San Miguel Beermen, 110-102, in a PBA Governors' Cup super showdown at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, September 23. Brownlee scattered 29 points, 19 rebounds and 7 assists ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

Alfrancis Chua asks ‘Why not Justin Brownlee?’

San Miguel Corp. sports director and Barangay Ginebra PBA governor Alfrancis Chua said the other day once Justin Brownlee’s application for naturalization is approved by law........»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

PBA: Champion Ginebra goes for solo first before FIBA break

The protagonists from the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals are coming in hot in the Governors' Cup. Two-time defending champion Brgy. Ginebra is off to a 2-0 start in its latest title defense behind the continued brilliance of super import Justin Brownlee. On Wednesday the Gin Kings take on the winless Northport Batang Pier (0-3) as they look to take over no. 1 in the standings before the league goes on a break for the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Meanwhile, the Beermen had a rousing debut last week behind the tireless Christian Standhardinger. San Miguel will take on Blackwater as both teams shoot for their second win in as many games. The Ginebra-Northport clash is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Big Dome right after the 4:30 p.m. showdown of the Beermen and Elite.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

Mirror, mirror, on the wall…

SEVENTEEN days and 18 games later, the 2018 PBA Governor’s Cup is shaping up to be another exciting and action-packed conference featuring some of the best American imports around. Four former Best Imports winners — Justin Brownlee of defending champion Barangay Ginebra, Allen Durham of Meralco, Romeo Travis of Magnolia… Source link link: Mirror, mirror, on the wall….....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

In process of naturalization, Brownlee hopes to inspire Filipinos on and off court

FILE - Ginebra forward Justin Brownlee goes for a shot against Columbian Dyip in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net For Justin Brownlee.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

Mirror, mirror, on the wall...

SEVENTEEN days and 18 games later, the 2018 PBA Governor’s Cup is shaping up to be another exciting and action-packed conference featuring some of the best American imports around. Four former Best Imports winners -- Justin Brownlee of defending champion Barangay Ginebra, Allen Durham of Meralco, Romeo Travis of Magnolia….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

Aces Compton, Manuel marvel at special player Brownlee

It's undeniable that Justin Brownee has that unbridled charisma that endeared him not just to the Barangay Ginebra supporters but also to the general population that watches the PBA. On top of.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

Brownlee works magic as Ginebra hands Alaska its first loss

MANILA, Philippines – Justin Brownlee could do no wrong as he messed with a triple-double to power Barangay Ginebra to a 109-101 win over Alaska in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, September 2.  Playing for more than 44 minutes, Brownlee fired from all cylinders ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2018

Brownlee, Ginebra hold off Alaska for 2nd straight win

Barangay Ginebra is slowly building up momentum in the season's third conference after taking down Alaska, 109-101, for its second straight win in the PBA Governors' Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Gin Kings opened their campaign on a 2-0 start and climbed to the second spot of the standings and in the process snapped the Aces' three-game winning streak. Justin Brownlee was marvelous down the stretch for the Gin Kings putting up 17 points in the final frame as they held off the Aces' advances in the period. That heavy production of Brownlee, however, doesn't bode too well with Ginebra head coach Tim Cone's long term plans. "It was a stressful game, we weren't pl...Keep on reading: Brownlee, Ginebra hold off Alaska for 2nd straight win.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2018

Aces’ Compton, Manuel marvel at ‘special player’ Brownlee

It's undeniable that Justin Brownee has that unbridled charisma that endeared him not just to the Barangay Ginebra supporters but also to the general population that watches the PBA. On top of that immense likability is a basketball ability that sometimes leaves watchers in awe and Brownlee once again displayed that artistry on Friday when Ginebra held off Alaska, 109-101, in the PBA Governors' Cup. Brownlee lit up the boards with 45 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists that even his opponents had nothing to say but praise for the import who wants to become a naturalized Filipino citizen. "He really is the Best Import, I can't help but salute him," said Alaska forward Vic Manue...Keep on reading: Aces’ Compton, Manuel marvel at ‘special player’ Brownlee.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2018

As Gin Kings open title defense, teams begin hunt for their Govs Cup crown

Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net Justin Brownlee has been hailed as the yardstick of success for imports in the PBA Governors' Cup by no less than the league's greatest coach. Baranga.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 31st, 2018

Kings launch govs bid

Easily the most dominant team in the last three seasons next to sister team San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra finally launches its campaign for a third straight PBA Governors’ Cup gem as it plays Columbian Dyip at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Gin Kings and regular partner Justin Brownlee meet….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 30th, 2018