PBA: Marqus Blakely finally practices with TNT
Paul Lintag on Sep 11, 2018 12:13 PM
Marqus Blakely to TNT. Yes, you read that right.
In order to save its season, TNT has turned to an old rival for help.
The KaTropa, down 2-4 in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, have signed their third import this conference.
That import is former longtime Purefoods reinforcement Marqus Blakely.
In multiple stints with the Purefoods franchise, Blakely won Best Import and two PBA championships. The two titles came during San Mig Coffee's magical Grand Slam run in 2014.
Now, two years after his disappointing exit with the Hotshots, Blakely is back in the PBA, serving as TNT's third import in the Governors' Cup.
Blakely, who has PBA career averages of 22.6 points and 14.9 rebounds, practiced with the team Tuesday.
He will debut for the KaTropa on Sept. 22 against Rain or Shine in Passi City, Iloilo.
After a respectable bounce back season last year where they made three semifinals and one Finals, the KaTropa have struggled in 2018.
On top of their 2-4 start in the Governors' Cup, TNT has never made it past the first round in the playoffs, losing to San Miguel Beer in the quarterfinals of both the Philippine Cup and Commissioner's Cup.
Head coach Nash Racela is also "on leave" this conference following the team's poor start.
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