TNT's former Best Import to lead Team Philippines in Terrific 12 joust
Paul Lintag on Sep 11, 2018 12:43 PM
Richard Howell, the 2014 PBA Commissioner's Cup Best Import for TNT, will lead the campaign for the iECO Green Warriors seeing action in Macau starting Sept. 18. (Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBN News)
The lone Philippine team in the Asia League's Terrific 12 tournament will have a former PBA Best Import as its main reinforcement.
Richard Howell, the 2014 PBA Commissioner's Cup Best Import for TNT, will lead the campaign for the iECO Green Warriors seeing action in Macau starting Sept. 18.
Playing for the Tropang Texters, Howell helped TNT sweep the Commissioner's Cup through the semifinals.
Unfortunately for him and the Texters, San Mig Coffee took the Finals, 3-1, to win the third of four straight titles that led to their Grand Slam that year.
Howell would return to TNT the following year, leading the team to a 4-1 start. However, he was replaced by Ivan Johnson and the Tropang Texters would later win the 2015 Commissioner's Cup, beating Rain or Shine after two overtimes in Game 7 of the Finals.
Howell, who has since played for Israel national team, is back in the Philippines to play for the Green Warriors coached by former Phoenix Fuel Masters mentor Ariel Vanguardia.
Sam Logwood is iECO's other import and the local crew is composed of several D-League standouts including 2018 Foundation Cup champion Gab Banal.
Also in iECO's roster is Joshua Munzon from the ABL's Westports Malaysia Dragons.
Catch the iECO Green Warriors led by newly crowned PBA D-League Champions key players, Gabriel Banal and Jai Reyes. Israeli League All-Star, Richard Howell also looks to add firepower to the team in a bid to bring #TheTerrific12 Crown to the Philippines.#AsiaLeague pic.twitter.com/COtq9pbbd8— The Asia League (@TheAsiaLeague) September 11, 2018
The Green Warriors will have work cut out for them in Group C. iECO will debut in the main game of Sept. 18 against Japan's Ryuku Golden Kings which has 2014 NBA champion Jeff Ayres and former Japan naturalized player Ira Brown on deck.
iECO will then take on the Xinjiang Flying Tigers two days later on Sept. 20. The Flying Tigers have former NBA veteran Al Jefferson as import.
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