BARAKO Bull was forced to tap seven-foot Canadian giant Liam McMorrow as its import for the PBA Governors Cup after original choice DaVon Hardin backed out at the last minute.
Coach Koy Banal said Hardin already agreed in principle to sign up for the Energy, before changing plans upon learning that the PBA’s third conference runs for less than three months.
“Nag-back out si DaVon. Siguro God’s will na din. Sabi sa akin ng ahente, umayaw because he thought mahaba ang third conference,” Banal told Spin.ph on Tuesday.
Banal said Hardin was coming off a stint in Brazil league last year where a tournament lasted six months.
“Sa Brazil kasi six months. Kahit sa ibang liga sa South America ganun din, pero dito, very fast lang since at the most, two months lang kung matanggal ang team mo,” he added.
With McMorrow, Banal said the team won’t have a problem matching up with taller imports like Peter John Ramos of KIA, who dominated the post in the Commissioner’s Cup by his sheer imposing size and heft.
“It works both ways because Liam has a lot of energy and that’s what we need. I hope it will rub off on the rest and also maka-match up kay PJ Ramos,” explained Banal, whose team finished seventh in the Commissioner’s Cup.
McMorrow, who had a brief stint with the Iowa Energy in the NBA D-League, is currently playing for the Halifax Rainmen in Canada’s National Basketball League.
The Rainmen are currently locked in a 1-1 stalemate with the Windsor Express in the 2015 NBL Finals.
“Sana matapos din agad ang Finals since by then, I only have about a week to get him (McMorrow) prepared for the third conference,” he added.
The former Tennessee Tech product is averaging 13.5 points and 7.7 rebounds in more than 26 minutes of action for the Rainmen.