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    Jun 18, 2017
    Michael Craig is set to arrive on Tuesday to play for TNT in the Governors Cup. AP

    TNT Katropa will be flying one more import in the coming few days. Not exactly for the finals of the PBA Commissioner's Cup but for the team's campaign in the season-ending Governors Cup.

    Michael Craig is set to arrive in the country on Tuesday to give himself time to get accustomed to the Texters' style of play before the season's final conference set to get going on July 19.

    The 6-foot-5 Craig of Southern Mississippi College will be here just in time for Game 1 of the best-of-seven title series between the Texters and the San Miguel Beermen which starts on Wednesday.

    "We decided to have him come here earlier for him to learn our system and know his teammates well," said TnT team manager Virgil Villavicencio of the 25-year-old native of Phoenix, Arizona.

    "Timing din that he's coming over just in time for the finals."

    [See TNT brings in Mike Myers as fall-back option as Smith status still uncertain]

    Craig went undrafted in the NBA and last played for the Samsung Thunders in the Korean Basketball League (KBL).

    He's the second import to be brought by the ballclub in a span of a week.

    Last Saturday, Mike Myers arrived in the country as a standby replacement for the injured Joshua Smith for the Texters, who are trying to end their two-year league title drought.

    Despite the 6-foot-10 Smith hobbled by torn ligaments on his right toe, the Texters still managed to close out their semis series against top seed Ginebra behind a 122-109 win in Game Four Saturday.

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    The situation involving Smith remains uncertain as TnT still has to decide on what's the best alternative for the best-of-seven finals.

    "We still have to meet," said Villavicencio as the team took a rest on Sunday.

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    Michael Craig is set to arrive on Tuesday to play for TNT in the Governors Cup. AP
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