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    Belgian-American new import for Petron

    Jul 4, 2012
    Coach Ato Agustin will temporarily rely on Marcus Faison as import when Petron starts its PBA Governors Cup semifinal campaign.            Jerome Ascano

    PETRON Blaze found a temporary import replacement in Marcus Faison just in time for the defending champion's semifinal campaign in the PBA Governors Cup on Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

    The 34-year-old Belgian-American swingman will fill in for the injured Eddie Basden, who has been solid for the Boosters during the eliminations but had to be temporarily sidelined with a left knee injury he suffered in the team's final game against Air21 Express last week.

    The 6-foot-5 Faison, who will arrive Thursday morning, last played in Belgium for Telenet Oostende. He also played 10 games for another team, Verviers-Pep., and averaged 10.9 points, three boards, 1.8 assists, and 1.6 steals.

    In college, he played NCAA Division I ball for Siena College.

    Anthony Grundy, the Boosters’ import when they won the Governors’ Cup title last year, was initially floated as a possible replacement for Basden but at 6-foot-2, his height obviously was a clear disadvantage for the team's campaign in a conference that has a height limit of 6-foot-5 for imports.

    Basden had his worst outing as a Booster last June 29 against the Express, scoring just seven points in 31 minutes.

    He can be reactivated by the team once his injury completely heals.

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    Coach Ato Agustin will temporarily rely on Marcus Faison as import when Petron starts its PBA Governors Cup semifinal campaign.            Jerome Ascano
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