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Brownlee refuses to point finger at refs: ‘They make mistakes’

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 02:40 AM January 11, 2018

Justin Brownlee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Holding on to the past isn’t something Justin Brownlee is fond of.

The Alab forward said the non-call on Singapore’s Xavier Alexander supposed travel is all water under the bridge as they now shift their focus on their future games in the ASEAN Basketball League.

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“You can’t control that,” said Brownlee Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “The referees are not perfect, I’m not a perfect basketball player, so they make mistakes.”

Alexander looked to have committed a traveling violation late in the fourth quarter but escaped to drill a mid-range jumper that gave the Slingers an 84-76 lead with 2:02 left in the game. Singapore held on to bust Alab’s streak, 90-80.

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“They try to do their best and I’ll try to do my best because that’s what I can control… We just need to win more games and get our rhythm back,” Brownlee added.

Alab, which now sits with a 3-4 card, came out firing earlier in the game and built a 10-2 lead at the 5:23 mark of the first period.

Singapore, however, stormed back in the second to take a 26-21 lead off a 12-2 run that AJ Mandani capped off with a three-pointer at the 5:41 mark.

And although Alab tied the game at 64-64 at the end of the third quarter, Mandani once more caught fire in the final frame and capped off the Slingers’ 11-2 run with a triple with 5:58 left.

“We came out trying to set the tone early but give credit to Singapore, coming off a loss, they just came out with a lot of energy, a lot of awareness, and they were focused,” said Brownlee after his Alab team beat the Slingers 89-80 in Singapore on Jan. 7.

“They came in, and they fought hard. They deserve it. I think we relaxed a little bit. Coming off a couple of wins, by human nature, you tend to do that.”

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