MANILA, Philippines – Justin Brownlee further endeared himself to the barangay last week when he helped Ginebra triumph in the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup finals against their budding rivals, the Meralco Bolts.
Brownlee was his usual steady self for the Gin Kings, averaging 29.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 5.6 assists in the five-game series. In their 105-93 win in Game 5, the import put up 24 points, 10 assists, and 7 rebounds.
This is Brownlee's fourth championship with Ginebra, but the feeling of winning a title with his beloved ball club never gets old for the celebrated import.
"It's the same feeling, honestly. It always feels great," Brownlee said. "I'm very excited for the team, all the fans for their support, and they're praying and wanting us to win this championship."
"It's just an all-around great feeling. This feels good, you know," he added. "This feels good. I'm just happy for everybody."
The Ginebra fans made sure to express their appreciation for Brownlee during their victory party on Monday. They greeted him with chants of "Best Import" when he was introduced, and encouraged him to take part in Joe Devance's dance routine during the brief program.
For Brownlee, his success with Ginebra – and the love that he has gotten from the fans because of it – still catches him off-guard. He has been the Gin Kings' resident import since 2016, when he replaced Paul Harris who got injured one game into that year's Governors' Cup.
He led Ginebra to the championship in that conference, and the Gin Kings have never looked back.
"To be honest, I was just thinking about my contract was only for one month," Brownlee said, when asked to remember his first campaign with Ginebra.
"It wasn't even to stay the whole conference," he added. "It was very unfortunate that Paul got hurt, but you know, the opportunity has presented itself to me and I tried to just take advantage of it the most I can."
"Four years later, I'd never thought it would be four championships."
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