Bring in the Reinforcements: Justin Brownlee back for Ginebra, Henry Walker tapped to help Blackwater

Barangay Ginebra and the Blackwater Elite are lounging at the bottom of the standings in this year’s Commissioner’s Cup. Both are struggling at the bottom four of this conference, unable to find momentum to move forward. In dire need of a spark, the two teams are bringing back tried and tested reinforcements to save their Commissioner’s Cup campaigns.

Justin Brownlee is returning to the Barangay to help pull them out of their slump. This news was announced by his agent, Sheryl Reyes this afternoon.

Ginebra has only won one out of the four games they played in this conference. The triple tower line-up led by import Charles Garcia isn’t working so they’re opting for a reinforcement that’s helped the team to multiple franchise before. Justin Brownlee has led Ginebra to two Governor’s Cup crowns. Last year, he suited up for Ginebra in the Commissioner’s Cup but failed to win the championship when they lost to TNT in the semifinals.

Brownlee is a do-it-all import that filled the stat sheet last season. He will fill in any of the front court roles for the Barangay as he’s capable of playing both forward positions.

Also coming back for another tour of duty in the PBA is Henry Walker. Reyes also confirmed the return of the former Blackwater import.

Walker faces a tougher challenge that Brownlee as the Elite have lost all six games this conference. They have five games remaining, giving them as slim chance of making it to the quarterfinals. Walker was the Elite’s import in last year’s Governor’s Cup where he powered the team to a quarterfinals appearance. They took top-seeded Meralco to a do-or-die game but were eventually eliminated by the Bolts.

Walker is an all-out scorer. He will provide the scoring punch that the Elite have been missing with Jarrid Famous.

Also reported yesterday was the possible replacement for Vernon Macklin. Jutt Sulit of ESPN 5 reported yesterday that the Hotshots are tapping Curtis Kelly to replace Macklin. Macklin recieved a contract to play in the National Basketball League in China.

Based on the report, Kelly is a player of a similar mold to Macklin. He’s a veteran shot-blocker and rebounder. The 6’10” Kelly last played in France where he averaged 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in 31 games for Aix-Murienne Savoiue Basket, an LNB Pro 2 team. He also played in Israel, Turkey, Italy and Lebanon.

The Blackwater Elite will parade Walker in their first game after the All-Star break against the NLEX Road Warriors on May 30. Brownlee sees action on June 1 against Meralco while Kelly will suit up on June 2 versus Rain or Shine.

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