PBA: Champion Travis leads impressive list of "balik imports" for Governors' Cup

Paul Lintag on Sep 12, 2019 04:13 PM
PBA: Champ Travis leads impressive list of
With Travis last year, the Hotshots dethroned Ginebra in the semifinals and took out Alaska in six games to win their first title in four years.

The resident import trend continues in the PBA.

Eight of the 12 imports for the season-ending Governors' Cup have previous PBA experience, with five coming back to the same team they played for last season.

Former Best Import Romeo Travis returns to Magnolia as the Hotshots look to defend their title.

With Travis last year, the Hotshots dethroned Ginebra in the semifinals and took out Alaska in six games to win their first title in four years.

Speaking of Ginebra, the Gin Kings will once again run it back with Justin Brownlee.

JB has been a Ginebra fixture since 2016 and has three titles with the team. With Brownlee playing, the Gin Kings are always in the semifinals at the very least.

After failing to complete a Governors' Cup three-peat last year and missing out on back-to-back Commissioner's Cup titles this year, you better believe that Brownlee and Ginebra are hungry for another championship.

Also coming back for another tour of duty is Eugene Phelps for Phoenix.

El Destructor has helped power the Fuel Masters to the upper half of the standings since coming over as a scoring and rebounding machine in 2016.

After a suffering an upset last year, missing the semis as a top-2 seed, Phelps and Phoenix have some unfinished business in the Governors' Cup.

The same goes for Olu Ashaolu and NLEX.

Olu simply fits with the Road Warriors but Ashaolu's untimely injury last year robbed him of all the momentum he's built with NLEX.

Now fully healthy with top local help in JP Erram and the returning Kiefer Ravena, Olu and the Road Warriors are a solid sleeper pick for the Governors' Cup.

Finally, there's Allen Durham, who has even bigger unfinished business in the PBA with Meralco.

Durham, a two-time Best Import, had the Bolts in back-to-back Finals, losing to Ginebra both times. Last year, AD powered Meralco all the way to the semifinals, surviving six straight knockout games.

Third time wasn't the charm for Durham and the Bolts, maybe a fourth time can do the trick.

Also coming back for return stints in the PBA are Mychal Ammons for Northport (formerly with TNT), Joel Wright for Rain or Shine (formerly with Star).

Marqus Blakely (formerly with San Mig and TNT) will suit up for Blackwater in the East Asia Super League's Terrific 12 tournament in Macau and the Elite are also eyeing the two-time champion for a Governors' Cup stint following a release from the KaTropa.

 


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