Balkman, Brownlee bolster Alab lineup

Renaldo Balkman will be back in the Philippines after four years to bolster Tanduay Alab Pilipinas as it resumes its campaign in the ongoing ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) as confirmed by team owner Charlie Dy in his social media account.

Renaldo Balkman will be suiting up with Alab as a sign of redemption. (Photo courtesy: rappler.com)

Balkman will be joining forces with a familiar face in Justin Brownlee and will see action as Alab faces a rejigged Westports Malaysia Dragons at the Filoil Flying V Centre on January 3 in the Philippines.

The 6-foot-8 Puerto Rican national player and a former National Basketball Association (NBA) veteran was last seen in Philippine soil and best remembered for a choking incident with Arwind Santos during a game with the then-Petron Blaze Boosters that led to a lifetime ban in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), last played for Reales dela Vega in the Dominican Republic.

Brownlee on the other hand is fresh from steering crowd favourite Barangay Ginebra to back-to-back Governor’s Cup titles in the PBA.

Justin Brownlee will bring his championship experience to Alab. (Photo courtesy: Powcast Sports Hub)

The pair replaces original imports Reggie Okosa and Ivan Johnson and will be joining locals Bobby Ray Parks, Dondon Hontiveros, Josh Urbiztondo and Rico Maierhofer to start 2018 with a victory.

Alab currently has a 1-3 win-loss record in the current tournament.

 

 

Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris’ follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80’s and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Global Basketball is Aris’ second writing assignment besides Asia-basket.com. Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.

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