AFTER Air21 fell at the first hurdle in the PBA Commissioner's Cup playoff, import Michael Dunigan vowed to return next season for some unfinished business with the Express.
“It was a good run. I enjoyed playing with the guys and our camaraderie has grown,” Dunigan said moments after the eighth-seeded Express lost to top-seeded Alaska, 87-81, on Saturday night.
"Now I know what to expect if I come back next season because coach told me if I’m open, I can come back," he added. "I’ll be back … of course, for some unfinished business."
Dunigan was one of the most impressive imports in the mid-season conference, finishing with averages of 24.6 points, 15.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 blocks in more than 42 minutes of action.
However, he ended his stint with the Lina franchise with a whimper as he was held to 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in 46 minutes against the twice-to-beat Aces.
“It’s a rough one but again, it started with how we started off the game. Obviously, it took us a while to get going and by the time we made a run, they had the lead,” said the 24-year-old University of Oregon product.
Dunigan said he intends to fly back to the United States to take a brief rest while re-evaluating his next move. But he intends to join the NBA Summer League this year in the hope of landing a regular spot in an NBA team.
If he's available next season, Dunigan said he is looking forward to returning to the Express camp.