BLACKWATER management is relieved it won’t have to go through a feel-out process with its import this time in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
After treading the unknown in MJ Rhett in the Commissioner’s Cup, the Elite tapped the services of former Meralco reinforcement Eric Dawson as their main import for the season-ending conference.
Finishing third to last in the mid-season tournament with only three wins in 11 outings gave the Elite and three other teams the incentive to tap the services of an import that stands 6’9”.
That allowed the franchise owned by Dioceldo Sy to sign the 6-foot-9 Dawson, who dominated in his stint with the Bolts, averaging 30.8 points, 15.4 rebounds, 3.1 steals, 2.2 assists, and 2.1 blocks in 41.1 minutes during the 2013 edition of the Commissioner’s Cup.
“At least subok na,” team manager Johnson Martinez said in a dinner hosted for scribes on Friday. “Hind katulad last conference na first-timer.”
The 23-year-old Rhett averaged 18.9 points, 16.7 boards, three assists, and 1.5 blocks in 42.1 minutes, but lacked aggressiveness at times when the Elite needed him most.
But the Elite already know what they’re getting from the 31-year-old Dawson, who will team up with Asian import Imad Qahwash, a 6-foot-2 Palestinian playmaker who left a huge imprint in Palestine’s shock two-point win over Gilas Pilipinas in the opener of last year’s Fiba Asia Championship in China.
Both reinforcements, who are set to arrive on July 1, will bolster a local lineup led by Carlo Lastimosa, JP Erram, Mike Cortez, Art dela Cruz, and Reil Cervantes, a core that led the squad to the Penang Chief Minister Cup title earlier this month.
“May core na kami ngayon,” Martinez said. “Hindi katulad dati na kapa-kapa pa kami.”