The former St. John’s University forward Justin Brownlee, suffered cramps in overtime of their game losing to Alaska 109-100 Sunday night.
Brownlee came in as a temporary replacement for the injured Paul Harris, finished with 31 points and 13 rebounds in 29 minutes as they stretched out on an attempted comeback against the Aces.
He made the first basket in the overtime period to put the Gin Kings up, 96-94, but he came down with cramps and had to be helped off the bench with still 3:41 left in the OT period.
Brownlee didn’t come back from the bench, and the Aces grabbed the win 109-100 as they hand Ginebra their first loss this season.
“Nag-aadjust pa siya siguro sa weather din dito sa Philippines. Kakarating lang niya last Thursday, tapos practice na agad,” Aguilar said. “Kailangan niya pang mag-adjust siguro sa time dito.”
“Nag-a-adjust siya sa system, but more so sa weather, eh. Medyo hindi siya sanay eh, kaya third quarter pa lang nag-ka-cramps na,” said teammate LA Tenorio.
“Nung practice pa lang, nagca-cramps na siya,” he added. “Hopefully makapag-adjust kaagad siya.”
After arriving in the country last Thursday, Brownlee immediately joined the Gin Kings’ practice to learn the Tim Cones’ Triangle offense.
“Labas pasok siya kasi alam ni Coach Tim (Cone) na kakapusin eh,” Tenorio said. “He arrived Thursday, naka-apat na practice na agad siya sa amin kasi nag-twice a day kami nung Friday. Medyo naghahabol pa siya.”
Tenorio is still hopeful and remains optimistic that their import will quickly adjust with the weather in the country and acclimate himself. He said that the big man’s whole body cramped during the game, but the whole team remains hopeful that Brownlee could adjust with the climate soon.
“Makuha lang niya talaga yung laro dito sa PBA at the same time yung second wind niya at condition niya, I think we’ll be in good shape with him,” he added.