No quarter asked as former college teammates Dozier, Niles face off in PBA Finals
Alaska import Rob Dozier is headed to the PBA Finals where he will square up with Pierre Henderson-Niles, his teammate in the Memphis team that reached the 2008 US NCAA Finals. Jerome Ascano

ROB Dozier is aware Pierre Henderson-Niles is waiting for him in the finals of the PBA Commissioner's Cup.

Now that he's done his end of the bargain, Dozier can't wait to get back on the court and play his forner University of Memphis teammate in a championship series.

Alaska and Rain or Shine begin their best-of-seven title series on Friday which the former Best Import expects to be fun, for the mere fact that he'll be matched up against a guy he played with during college almost a decade ago.

"We go out to compete. That's what we came for," Dozier said after the Aces sealed their finals showdown with the Elasto Painters by beating the Meralco Bolts in their knockout game on Wednesday night, 76-70.

"We go out there and fight. So may the best team wins. I wish him the best, but hopefully we win," added the 30-year-old native of Georgia during the press conference for the league finals Thursday at the PBA Cafe.

Facing Niles and the Elasto Painters is going to be a tough match-up for the Aces, according to Dozier, who led Alaska to its last PBA championship during the 2013 edition of this same import-laden tournament.

"All the imports here are talented in some kind of ways. So it's gonna be a new challenge for us. We just got to be ready for it," said the veterab import who was able to survive burly Meralco counterpart Arinze Onuaku in the semis.

Although he said he's not rooting for Alaska, Niles showed up at the Araneta Coliseum on Monday night to watch Game 4 of the semis between the Aces and the Bolts.

Dozier and Niles played alongside Derrick Rose in the Tigers side during the 2008 U.S. NCAA finals where they lost to Mario Chalmers and the Kansas Jayhawks in overtime.

'It's going to be an aggressive match-up. We both want this badly (after we lost in the NCAA title game)," said Niles for his part. "But we’re gonna win against his (Dozier) team."

Having known Niles for a long time and the kind of team Rain or Shine is, Dozier knows this series is not going to be a walk in the park for the Aces.

"Rain or Shine likes to run. They're an up and down team. They like to get out and run. They're going to be physical so I expect a tough series from him (Niles) and the rest of the guys out there.


"They're a good team. They get this far not by mistake, so we got to be prepared for them," Dozier added.

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