Blackwater not giving up on playoff bid, seeks replacement for injured Dawson 
Arthur dela Cruz was left to carry the load for import-less Blackwater. Jaime Campos

DESPITE the 20-point blowout it suffered against Alaska, all is not lost on Blackwater’s bid for a playoff berth in the PBA Governors Cup.

And with a shot at making the quarterfinals, the Elite are bent on bringing a new import to take the place of the injured Eric Dawson.

Team management disclosed it already has two names under consideration as possible replacement for Dawson, who sat out the Elite’s 107-87 loss to the Aces Sunday due to back spasm.

Blackwater team manager Johson Martinez however, would rather not divulge the names of the Elite’s prospect.

He added Dawson already had an idea about the team’s plan to take another import.

“May hint na siya. Paano kami maghihintay sa kanya?” said Martinez inside the Blackwater dugout. “At least we’ll try to salvage as much as possible our three games left.”

The Elite are currently in the cellar (1-7) but have an eight-day break before they see action again on September 7 against Phoenix. Their last two outings are against Globalport and defending champion San Miguel.

Johnson expects the new import to play against the Fuel Masters.

“Hindi naman kami nasa baba pa e, at least manalo kami ng dalawa may laban pa,” said Johnson.

Dawson missed the second of Blackwater’s last three games despite undergoing therapy for his back. Johnson said the Elite would rather not force the issue since the import’s health is their top concern.

“Based on pangyayari, he’s really not fit to play,” said the Blackwater official. “Pero binigyan pa rin naman namin siya ng chance.”

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