DIOR Lowhorn is hoping the third time’s the charm as he seeks to lead Rain or Shine to back-to-back titles in the PBA.
The returning import is set to embark on a third tour of duty in Asia’s first professional league, reinforcing the Elasto Painters this time in the Governors’ Cup that unfolds next week.
“I’m used to everything (in the PBA),” Lowhorn told SPIN.ph after practice on Friday. “It feels like I’m in my second home now. It’s easy to adjust now.”
What the 29-year-old journeyman cager hopes to be different is the outcome.
In his first stint, Lowhorn could only lead a depleted Ginebra side to the quarterfinals in the 2013 Governors’ Cup. He suffered a worse fate in his second appearance, never winning a single game as a replacement import for GlobalPort the following year in the same tournament.
“I’m the same old player, man,” the 6-foot-5 big man said. “But when I was with Ginebra, we didn’t have a full team, no Greg (Slaughter), Japeth (Aguilar), so this is the first time I get a full squad.”
“I think everybody plays hard and nobody’s afraid on this team,” he added of the reigning Commissioner’s Cup champions. “We can go for back-to-back championships. That’s the goal.”
E-Painters coach Yeng Guiao believes they have an import in the mold of stocky, defense-minded reinforcement Pierre Henderson-Niles, who anchored them in their Commissioner’s Cup conquest.
He believes Lowhorn is way better offensively.
“I think we got the right import fit for us,” Guiao said. “We were successful with Henderson-Niles, having a big guy who’s a threat at the post, who can defend bigs. Lowhorn is a bigger threat, at least offensively than Henderson-Niles."
Lowhorn averaged 30.1 points on 56-percent shooting, on top of 11.2 boards, and 1.5 assists in 41.4 minutes in his stints with the Gin Kings and Batang Pier combined.
“He complements the team,” Guiao said. “We have somebody to guard the likes of (June Mar) Fajardo or Slaughter or Asi (Taulava), which we did not have the material for.”
“And we got a bonus with him because he can score,” he added.