LIAM McMorrow hopes to achieve in the PBA Governors Cup what he failed to do in the National Basketball League-Canada.
The hulking Barako Bull import came short of winning a championship just before flying over to Manila as his Halifax team lost by forfeiture to Windsor in the decisive Game Seven of the NBL.
The Rainmen lost the winner-take-all match following their refusal to play after engaging the Express in a heated pre-game shoot around.
The league eventually declared the Express the champion to win their second straight title.
“Probably it helped to play the Finals in Canada. We didn’t play Game Seven because it kinda got out of hand,” recalled the beefy import, who leads Barako Bull with averages of 27.3 points and 21.6 rebounds.
McMorrow is looking to pick up from where he left off in Canada as the Energy are currently the lone unbeaten team in the season-ending meet with a 3-0 card.
“I’m very motivated and all the guys are great guys, while the coaches are amazing,” the good-natured McMorrow told Spin.ph after practice at the Green Meadows.
With McMorrow getting the much-needed local support from JC Intal, Dylan Ababou and Joseph Yeo, the former Tennesee Tech big man is confident they can make it four-wins-in-a-row come Sunday against Meralco.
“We play for each other. It’s all kinda like a brotherhood here. And I think we can definitely win the next game and be 4-0 soon after Sunday,” said a confident McMorrow, who will be facing Halifax teammate Seiya Ando in the 3 p.m. game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Ando, the former Japanese national team player, serves as the Bolts’ Asian import.
“I don’t see any reason why we should lose. Everybody got the target on our heads now, but we just got to play the same way and we’ll be good.”
The wide-bodied Barako Bull import said he’s the least bothered by the physical plays in Asia’s pioneering pro league, saying he can handle it.
“The physicality is pretty good. I actually like it because the refs let us play,” said McMorrow, who averaged 13.6 points and 7.7 rebounds for the Rainmen during the 2015 season of NBL-Canada.