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    Jalen Hudson back with TNT for East Asia Champions League stint

    Jalen Hudson back as TNT import for EASL Champions Week
    Feb 27, 2023
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    HIGH-scoring Jalen Hudson will reinforce TNT anew as he teams up with Daniel Ochefu for the Tropang Giga’s campaign in the East Asia Super League (EASL) Champions Week in Japan.

    Hudson takes over the spot of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson for the tournament set March 1 to 5 as the latter did not have enough time to secure a Japan visa.

    See Prince Ibeh out, Daniel Ochefu in as second TNT import in EASL

    Hollis-Jefferson didn’t arrive in the country until two weeks ago.

    “He (Hollis-Jefferson) didn’t have enough time to get a Japan visa,” said TNT coach Jojo Lastimosa.

    Hudson averaged 33.4 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 4.3 assists in leading the Tropang Giga to a 5-1 record before Hollis-Jefferson took over.

    Daniel Ochefu, Gilas Pilipinas, practice, Jamie Malonzo, Kevin Quiambao


    The 26-year-old Hudson had a season-high 56 points in TNT’s 128-122 win over Converge in the PBA Governors Cup last Feb. 8.

    The entire TNT leaves for Utsunomiya, Japan on Tuesday as it opens its EASL campaign against the host team Utsunomiya Brex on March 1.


      The Tropang Giga then face Seoul SK Knights on March 3 as they bid to emerge as the top team in Group B and advance into the championship play.

      PBA guest team and Commissioner’s Cup runner-up Bay Area Dragons are also in the same group, but won’t cross paths with the Tropang Giga.

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