Brownlee Brownlee (left) and Clarkson (right).

Brownlee to replace Clarkson in Gilas

November 15, 2022 Robert Andaya 969 views

HERE’S good news to Filipino basketball fans.

Two-time PBA Best Import Justin Brownlee of Barangay Ginebra is expected to play for the Philippines as its naturalized player in the sixth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers in Manila on February.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio expressed confidence that Brownlee can attain Philippine naturalization in time for the sixth window. in Manila on Feb. 24-27.

“We’re working on Brownlee. Hopefully, we can bring him in for the sixth window. I know it’s a bit tight, but we’re getting support from the Senate and Congress. There’s just a few documents we have to submit,” said Panlilio.

“February will be a big window for us. We’re hosting it and at the same time, it’s against Jordan and Lebanon. That’s quite an interesting two games for us. So we expect a big turnout for these two home games,added Panlilio.

The SBP head said the manika games will also be the last qualifiers before the team embarks on a three-month non-stop training.

Brownlee, who led Ginebra to five PBA titles as its import from 2016 to 2021, is expected to take the place of NBA Utah Jazz star Jordan Clarkson when Gilas takes on Lebanon on Feb. 24 and Jordan on Feb. 27 in its two home games in the sixth window.

Clarkson will not be around when the Philippines rekindles its rivalry with Lebanon, an emerging powerhouse in the Asian region

Clarkson was present when the Philippines lost to Lebanon, 81-85, during the fourth window last August 25 in Beirut

The Philippines defeated Jordan, 74-66, in Amman recently, and Saudi Arabia, 76-63, in Jeddah to complete a two-game sweep of the fifth window

The Filipinos also won over Saudi, 84-46, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The scores:

Philippines (76) – Ramos 13, Pogoy 13, Sotto 11, Perez 10, Thompson 9, Parks 8, Aguilar 6, Kouame 5, Malonzo 1, Oftana 0, Erram 0, Quiambao 0.
Saudi Arabia (63) – Ma. Almarwani 19, Abdel Gabar 16, Mo. Almarwani 8, Kadi 6, Aljohar 5, Ashoor 4, Shubayli 2, Mohammed 2, Belal 1, Saleh 0, Almuwallad 0, Albargawi 0.
Quarterscores: 16-16, 31-25, 55-45, 76-63.