OTHER than the appointment of Frankie Lim as new head coach and a trade that sent two reserves to Barako Bull, Barangay Ginebra will be having Mongolian national player Sanchir Tungala when it sees action in the PBA Governors Cup.
Sanchir, listed at 6-foot-3, will serve as Ginebra’s Asian reinforcement under novel plan of PBA chairman Patrick Gregorio that has since been approved by the league’s board before the start of the season.
“Yes, Asian import ng Ginebra,” Ginebra team manager and alternate governor Alfrancis Chua told Spin.ph in confirming the acquisition of Sanchir.
The 185-pound Sanchir is considered one of Mongolia’s best players today, averaging 16.6 points and 5.6 rebounds for the national team in the Asian Games last year in Incheon.
He banged in 15 points and grabbed five rebounds in the consolation game as Mongolia bowed to Gilas Pilipinas, 84-68 in the battle for seventh place.
"I am very excited for this opportunity. I want to help make Ginebra a contender again. To make all the Ginebra fans and my countrymen in Mongolia proud,” Sanchir said through his agent Sam 'Joey' Ramos.
The Gin Kings will have their first practice on Monday at the CCF gym in Pasig under Lim, who was appointed to take over from Ato Agustin after the team bowed out at the quarterfinal stage in the Commissioner's Cup.
Sanchir is set to arrive on April 9.
Just last Tuesday, the Gin Kings traded seldom-used guards James Forrester and Dynlan Ababou for Barako Bull’s first round pick this year.
Under the season-ending Governors Cup format, the top eight teams after the Commissioner’s Cup will be allowed to get imports with a 6-5 ceiling, while the bottom four will be given the leeway to tap imports with no height restriction.
Asian players no taller than 6-3 will be part of the 16-man pool of each team but will not be paid more than the US$10,000 salary cap.