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    Import change in the works as Petron waves the White flag

    Mar 28, 2013
    Rodney White has averaged just seven points and seven rebounds in the two games that he has played since coming in to replace the banned Renaldo Balkman. Jerome Ascano

    RODNEY White has likely played his last PBA game.

    After White finished with a disappointing two points on 2-for-9 shooting in an 84-92 Petron loss to league-leader Alaska on Holy Wednesday, San Miguel Corp. sports director Noli Eala announced that the ballclub is waving the White flag.

    “Yes Petroniverse, we will change import. More details very soon,” the former PBA commissioner tweeted on Thursday on his account @nolieala.

    That should be music to the ears of Petron fans, who had seen White average just seven points and seven rebounds in two games since coming in to replace the banned Renaldo Balkman.

    The 6-9 White was only a shadow of his old self when he first came in to play for Barako Bull last season. He scored 12 points on 5-of-17 shooting in his debut game against Talk ‘N Text which also ended in a loss for Petron in overtime, 93-85.

    Arwind Santos, Petron’s hard working forward, said even with a solid local cast, Petron still needs a dominant import it can rely on in a tournament featuring reinforcements of unlimited height.

    “Nakikita mo naman talaga eh, kahit sabihin mo malakas ang locals, kakailangan mo din ang import eh,” Santos said.

    The Boosters are currently in third spot with their 6-4 record, behind the Aces’ 8-3 record and Rain or Shine’s 7-3 card.

    The good news is, Petron has enough time to shop around for White's replacement since it's next game won't be until  April 5 against Meralco at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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    Rodney White has averaged just seven points and seven rebounds in the two games that he has played since coming in to replace the banned Renaldo Balkman. Jerome Ascano
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