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    Former Barako import Josh Dollard arrives as Rain or Shine leans toward another change

    Sep 7, 2016
    Josh Dollard had a previous stint with Barako Bull in the PBA. Jerome Ascano

    RAIN or Shine Elasto Painters hope to take the same route it took in winning the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

    The team is bringing in a fourth import in Josh Dollard in an effort to turn around an inconsistent campaign in the season-ending Governors Cup.

    Dollard, who suited up for Barako Bull in the 2014 Commissioner's Cup, is expected to take over from Jason Forte, who, unfortunately, has not delivered in the two games he played with the Elasto Painters so far.

    The franchise hasn’t decided yet if Dollard will be its final choice, although Yeng Guiao appears leaning on tapping him and letting Forte go.

    The Elasto Painters also replaced imports thrice during the mid-season tournament until finally settling with fourth choice Pierre Henderson Niles, who perfectly fit in to the team’s system and helped Rain or Shine win the championship at the expense of Alaska.

    Dollard already practiced with the team on Wednesday as he shared the court with Forte, who averaged just 8.5 points and 6.0 rebounds but was 5 of 16 from the field and 6 of 16 from the foul line in his short stint so far for Rain or Shine

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    Guiao said the 34-year-old Forte, who’s in his fourth tour of duty here, doesn’t mind the awkward set-up, saying he’s professional enough to understand the situation of a team which currently totes a 4-5 (win-loss) record and hanging on to its hopes of making the playoffs.

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    Rain or Shine will play defending champion San Miguel next, which the Elasto Painters mentor said would be the coaching staff’s basis on whether to retain Forte or not.

    Dollard averaged 32 points and 15 rebounds during his stint with the Energy Drinkers two years ago.

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    Josh Dollard had a previous stint with Barako Bull in the PBA. Jerome Ascano
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