Gilas Pilipinas takes an L, but Justin Brownlee is total goals!

Naturalized Filipino baller Justin Brownlee makes it to the All-Star Five of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Latvia.

The Philippine national basketball team wrapped up its Cinderella run at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) in Latvia with a tough loss to Brazil last Saturday. This defeat dashed all hopes of the Philippines making a return to the Olympic Games after a five-decade absence, since the 1972 Munich Olympics.

But it’s not all bad news for the Philippines. Naturalized Filipino player Justin Brownlee provided a silver lining to the Gilas campaign in Latvia by being included in the All-Star Five at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2024.

According to FIBA, Justin was impressive throughout the competition, especially in the Philippines’ shocking win over host country Latvia.

“The forward was absolutely epic in the competition and so much so that he was heralded at one point as the ‘Michael Jordan of the Philippines’ by teammate Kai Sotto,” said FIBA.

“Brownlee was such a beast in every way on the floor and was the inspiring factor for the Gilas Pilipinas as they rode to the Semi-Finals after stunning Latvia in the Group Phase off the back of Brownlee’s brilliance,” it added.

Aside from FIBA’s recognition, fans also hailed Justin as the best player of the entire competition.

In theΒ fan votingΒ for the Most Valuable Player in the FIBA OQT, Justin received the most votes online, with 1.676 million votes. He was folloed by Kai Sotto with 1.037 million votes.

Surprisingly, Brazil’s Bruno Caboclo, who was named the actual MVP of the tourney, only placed 4th with 157,203 votes.