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    Rain or Shine brings in hulking import in Pierre Henderson-Niles for Blackwater game

    Apr 9, 2016
    Pierre Henderson Niles during his time with Memphis. Photo from 247sports.com

    RAIN or Shine fields yet another new import when it takes on Blackwater in its last game of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    The Elasto Painters are set to parade Pierre Henderson-Niles, their fourth reinforcement this conference – the most changes by any team, in their 3 p.m. matchup against the Elite.

    The 28-year-old Henderson-Niles, a burly slotman listed at 6’8” who last played in the NBA D-League for the Iowa Energy, tries to help the playoffs-bound E-Painters gain omentum heading in the next round.

    “He’s a big guy who seems to have a high basketball IQ,” forward Gabe Norwood said of Henerson-Niles, who replaces wing-thriving Mo Charlo.

    Henderson-Niles, 28, is described as a beast inside the shaded lane. The burly player is on the comeback trail after going undrafted in the 2010 NBA draft following a troubled stint with Memphis in the US NCAA under John Calipari.

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    The player also got involved in play-forpay allegations during his time in college.

    E-Painters coach Yeng Guiao earlier said Charlo, who stands a shade below 6’5”, remains a viable option for the Governors’ Cup.

    The E-Painters have won back back-to-back games, the latest a 116-94 rout of GlobalPort last Tuesday, and are in a four-way tie in third spot with Alaska, Ginebra, and Tropang TNT.

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    They face an eliminated Elite side that’s still eager to arrest a four-game skid to improve their 3-7 win-loss record and end their campaign on a high note.

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    Pierre Henderson Niles during his time with Memphis. Photo from 247sports.com
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