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    Patience needed as impressive Dawson yet to blend in with Bolts

    Jan 29, 2013

    EXPECTATIONS are high for Meralco with the arrival of 2012 NBA D-League Impact Player of the Year Eric Dawson, but the Bolts are still in the process of learning to harness this newfound strength.

    The 6-foot-9 Dawson averaged 26 points in his first three tune-up games with the Bolts, who are now 1-3 after dropping a nail-biting 93-94 decision to Air21 on Tuesday at the Meralco gym. Meralco also bowed to Barako Bull, 107-84, on Saturday.

    The highly regarded Dawson said he is still adjusting to his new team’s system but is confident they can make huge improvements soon as they gear up for a big championship push in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, which opens on February 8.

    “I’m doing good, but I’m still adjusting with the team and with my teammates,” Dawson told shortly after the loss.

    The 28-year-old Dawson helped the Austin Toros to the NBA D-League’s second best record of 33-17 going into the playoffs that earned him the 2012 NBA D-League Impact Player of the Year award.

    Now the Midwestern State alumnus said he just has to be patient and find a way to work well with his new teammates.

    “I’m still learning the team’s system with my teammates. We just need to keep talking, keep communicating like we did today,” he added.

    Dawson emphasized the need to keep himself focused on the task at hand and not mind the expectations of people.

    Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio said he likes what he sees with Dawson and believes his prized reinforcement will only get better as they continue to play more tune-up games leading to the opening of the Commissioner’s Cup on February 8.

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    “We’re getting better and our import is getting in shape already. But we just need to keep diving for the ball and chase those rebounds because I feel we were already in control in the (Air21) game,” explained Gregorio.

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