PBA: Fuller or Blakely? Elite have big decision to make at import slot
Paul Lintag on Oct 11, 2019 08:47 PM
Marqus Blakely sat out Friday’s loss against Columbian and taking his place was Aaron Fuller, Blackwater’s original choice who was injured prior to the start of the conference. (PBA)
Despite putting up a near quadruple-double and leading Blackwater to their first and only win so far in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup, Marqus Blakely has been replaced as Elite import.
Blakely sat out Friday’s loss against Columbian and taking his place was Aaron Fuller, Blackwater’s original choice who was injured prior to the start of the conference.
Despite being replaced, Blakely said it’s only fair for the Elite to give the fit-again Fuller a chance.
“It was just a fairness decision, I think. Having played last game against Northport, I think coaches felt like they needed to give Aaron a chance to see if he's healthy, if he's able to play,” Blakely said.
“I totally agree with it, I understand that it's a business,” he added.
Just having two active imports in one team is already awkward says Blakely.
However, the situation is out of his control. Blakely just says that he understands that Fuller needs the chance to prove himself to the Elite as well.
“We understand the business and the nature of the game, so that's what it is. It's out of our power at that point,” Blakely said.
“That's why I felt like coach had to give him a chance to prove himself just like he gave me a chance to prove myself,” he added.
For his part, Fuller just wants to give Blackwater wins, which is the whole point of coming over.
He definitely doesn’t feel good about losing his debut game with Blackwater, which ended up dropping the team to 1-3 for the conference.
“I just wanted to come in and just do what I do best,” Fuller said after scoring 26 points for Blackwater in his first game.
“Just try to help the team any way I can. I wanted to get the win but unfortunately, it didn’t happen,” he added.
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