IT takes one good import to know one.
Alaska is banking on the endorsement of former import Sean Chambers as the Aces are gambling on 23-year-old Antonio Campbell as their reinforcement in the coming PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Campbell, a product of Ohio, was on top of the list of the 53-year-old Chambers’ prospects to be his former team’s import for the mid-season tournament beginning April 22.
Chambers, Alaska’s former resident import who won six championships with the franchise including the 1996 Grand Slam, arrived in the country early Friday morning with Campbell in tow.
“Yes, he helped us get Antonio. He was Sean’s recommendation,” said coach Alex Compton.
Of course, Chambers had a successful career as Alaska import that spanned for a decade.
He was the team’s import when the organization won its very first league championship during the 1991 Third Conference. That same season, the 6-foot-1 high leaping American became only the second recipient of the PBA’s Mr. One Hundred Percent Performer since Norman Black first won the award in 1983.
Chambers then took the Best Import plum in the 1996 Governors Cup as he helped the Aces complete a memorable Triple Crown season to become only the third franchise to accomplish the feat behind fabled Crispa Redmanizers (1976 and 1983) and the San Miguel Beermen (1989).
Now retired, Chambers, from Los Angeles, California, currently works as Dean of Students at Fern Bacon Middle School.
The Aces ruled the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup behind Best Import Rob Dozier, who also led the team to the finals of the same tournament three years later but lost in six games against Rain or Shine.