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Justin Brownlee cleared to play for Gilas Pilipinas in FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

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BIG BOOST FOR GILAS. Justin Brownlee has been cleared to play for Gilas Pilipinas national men’s basketball team in the upcoming FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers. FIBA PHOTO

In a major boost for Gilas Pilipinas, the national team received clearance for Justin Brownlee to participate in the upcoming FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers.
The clearance comes after FIBA issued a Notice of Charge to the naturalized player, proposing three months of ineligibility due to an anti-doping rule violation during the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.
Brownlee, a key player for Barangay Ginebra in the PBA, chose to serve a provisional suspension period that started on November 9, 2023 and concluded on February 9, 2024. The decision allowed him to return to the Gilas Pilipinas roster for the Asia Cup qualifiers.
The national team expressed confidence in Brownlee’s eligibility, emphasizing that the banned substance was taken out of competition and unrelated to performance enhancement. This development clears the way for Brownlee to join Gilas Pilipinas in the crucial Asia Cup qualifiers, where they are set to face Hong Kong on February 22 at the Tsuen Wan Stadium and Chinese Taipei on February 25 at the Philsports Arena.
Head coach Tim Cone selected Brownlee as part of the 12-man roster for the first window, alongside Ginebra teammates Scottie Thompson and Jamie Malonzo, as well as Chris Newsome, Calvin Oftana, CJ Perez, June Mar Fajardo, Dwight Ramos, AJ Edu, Carl Tamayo, Kai Sotto, and Kevin Quiambao.
Cone expressed the importance of Brownlee’s presence, stating, “Justin Brownlee is a big part of the team and the program moving forward, and having him means we can hit the ground running. He’s already played with most of the guys, so chemistry will already be there. He can now ramp up his conditioning and be ready to go once his suspension is lifted.”
SBP president Al S. Panlilio shared his elation over the decision, highlighting Brownlee’s significance to the team. “We’re elated that the consequences FIBA issued do not prevent Justin Brownlee from playing for Gilas in the upcoming windows. Having him as our naturalized player alongside some of our locals that he has already played with before will be beneficial to the squad.”
While Brownlee’s choice to serve the provisional suspension period meant he missed playing for Barangay Ginebra in the Commissioner’s Cup, the national team and its fans are eager to see him back in action, bringing his experience and skill to bolster Gilas Pilipinas’ campaign in the Asia Cup qualifiers.

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