MANILA, Philippines – "For a change, Ginebra hero Justin Brownlee was the one watching a thrilling basketball game on Sunday, instead of playing in one."
The Ginebra import was an interested spectator as Adamson University crushed the University of the Philippines, 86-70, to lock up the third seed in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournament.
"I'm actually a fan of Adamson and Papi," said Brownlee, referring to Adamson's Cameroonian center in Papi Sarr. "I like the team, and I like him as a player."
"I think he's an incredible rebounder, and when he gets the ball around the basket, you might as well say that it's two points," he added.
Sarr made sure to put on a show with Brownlee in attendance. Against a smaller UP frontline, Sarr scored 25 points on a tidy nine-of-14 shooting clip, while grabbing 17 rebounds.
Brownlee also got treated to the tense atmosphere of UAAP basketball. While he is no stranger to raucous crowds, the fans on Sunday at the Big Dome were in rare form – and Brownlee loved it.
"The college atmosphere, for me it's a lot of excitement, especially with the band playing and the fans, they really get into it," he said.
"I'm familiar with it, and I'm exciting," he added.
Brownlee has been on vacation since helping the Gin Kings win a second consecutive championship in the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup. Recently, he visited Batangas to give back to the fans who supported the Gin Kings in their title run.
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