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    Iranian import Mohammad Jamshidi leaves Meralco Bolts by 'mutual agreement'

    Aug 15, 2016
    Mohammad Jamshidi no longer played for the Bolts in a loss to GlobalPot on Sunday. Jaime Campos

    IT just wasn't meant to be.

    The partnership between Meralco and Asian import Mohammad Jamshidi came to an abrupt end after the big Iranian point guard left the country in what team management describes as a 'mutual agreement between the two parties.'

    Jamshidi, a key player of the Iranian national team, no longer played in the Bolts' double overtime loss to Globalport in the PBA Governors Cup on Sunday, 126-123.

    "Yes, Jamshidi is not with us anymore," confimed Meralco team manager Paolo Trillo on Monday.

    Jamshidi has not gotten his usual game going in the five outings he has suited up for the Bolts.

    Jamshidi averaged 5.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in 16 minutes of play in five games with the Bolts in the season-ending conference.

    He shot 0-of-16 from beyond the arc, 9-of-19 from two-point range, and 8-of-14 from the foul line, while committing 2.6 turnovers per game.

    The numbers obviously were not enough to impress Meralco management especially after the team could only post a 3-2 mark during his stay.

    "That's why he couldn't play to his potential," said Trillo

    "We just felt he's having a hard time adjusting to the PBA style of play and the Meralco style of play in particular," he added.

    Besides, Jamshidi is set to suit up for Iran in the FIBA Asia Challenge Cup in Tehran, Iran this September, according to Trillo.

    "Yes he already left for Iran. He has to leave for home right away as he is set to play for Iran in the FIBA Asia Challenge Cup," said Trillo.

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    Mohammad Jamshidi no longer played for the Bolts in a loss to GlobalPot on Sunday. Jaime Campos
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