Former UE import Mammie set to star for Aguilas
Mark Escarlote on Oct 27, 2015 05:14 PM
I will focus on rebounding. I will do the odd jobs inside the paint. I’m the garbage man --- former University of the East import Charles Mammie (Photo courtesy of ABS-CBNnews.com)
The Pilipinas Powervit Aguilas can lean on the broad shoulders of import Charles Mammie when it vies in the 2015 Asean Basketball League (ABL) starting this week.
The Aguilas, also banking on the support of boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao, has also tapped two-time PBA Best Import awardee Arizona Reid in its mainden ABL campaign.
Also in the fold representing the Powervit Aguilas are Willie Miller, a former two-time MVP in the PBA, hotshotSunday Salvacion, Carlo Sharma, and Jondan Salvador.
Mammie, the 6-foot-7 defender from Sierra Leone, on Tuesday said he’s glad to be part of the team, and vowed to give his best, whatever it takes.
“I will focus on rebounding. I will do the odd jobs inside the paint. I’m the garbage man,” said the former UE Warrior during the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at Shakey’s Malate.
Reid, the American import, and Miller, are still expected to make heads turn in the league.
The Aguilas will make their ABL debut against the Thailand Mono Vampires on Thursday in Davao, and will fly to Kuala Lumpur to face the Malaysia West Port on Oct. 31.
On Nov. 4, the Aguilas will host the Saigon Heat in General Santos City, the home town of the eight-division boxing champion.
Since the ABL was formed in 2009, two teams from the Philippines have won the crown – the Philippine Patriots in the inaugural year and the San Miguel Beermen in 2013.
The Philippines did not field a team last year.
Mammie said during the forum that his role is limited to inside the paint.
“I don’t need to score. My main job is to rebound and play defense. I will do the banging inside,” said the 23-year-old, who’s counting on Reid to do the heavy scoring.
“AZ is a championship player,” he said.