RETURNING import Dior Lowhorn hopes Globalport can learn a thing or two from Air21’s playoff surge in the recent PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The wide-bodied American is back in the league for his second tour of duty after seeing action for Barangay Ginebra during last season’s Governors Cup.
The 28-year-old Lowhorn said despite playing overseas following his stint with the Kings last season, he has kept tab on developments in the league’s 39th season via Youtube.
“I’ve watched the PBA and nobody thought of anything about Air21 until maybe the last two or three conferences,” said Lowhorn during his first day of practice with the Batang Pier.
“I look at them, (Express) and honestly, the way I see them play, it’s a motivation for us,” he added.
The former University of San Francisco standout said without any big-name stars other than evergreen slotman Asi Taulava, the Express have played beyond expectations during the Commissioner’s Cup that saw them achieved a franchise-best fourth place finish.
“They don’t have big-name players that you would say, across the board. But they play as a team and they play really hard,” noted the soft-spoken Lowhorn who is coming off a stint in Japan.
“They’ll do anything to win. It’s not dirty or anything but they play together with Asi.”
Globalport currently sports a 1-2 win-loss record, notching its only victory in the season-ending tournament after beating Alaska, 95-91 last week with import Leroy Hickerson still in tow.
The Batang Pier though got clobbered by the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on Sunday, 119-97 after playing woefully in the second half, prompting team management to ship out Hickerson.
Lowhorn averaged 30.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 11 games for Ginebra in last season's edition of the Governors Cup, where the Kings were bundled out at the quarterfinal stage by top seed Petron (now San Miguel Beer).
He promises to bring in his defensive presence and solid rebounding to a Globalport side that is eyeing a decent finish in its second season in the league.