PBA: Blakely is Elite’s final choice for Governors’ Cup import
Paul Lintag on Oct 16, 2019 10:07 PM
The Elite are going with Marqus Blakely instead of Aaron Fuller. (PBA)
ANTIPOLO — After much consideration, Blackwater has deciced on its final import for the rest of the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup.
The Elite are going with Marqus Blakely instead of Aaron Fuller.
Blakely returned to Blackwater Wednesday here, leading the Elite to a win against defending champion Magnolia. Marqus burned his former team for 21 points, 13 rebounds, and five steals.
“Marqus will be our import for the rest of the conference. We made the decision already after Aaron Fuller's game the other time,” head coach Aris Dimaunahan said.
“We weighed things out. We had a meeting. We opted to go with Marqus. Maganda 'yung energy ng team namin tonight. It somehow fueled our offense, and our defense fuels our offense,” he added.
Fuller, Blackwater’s original import for this conference, suffered an ankle injury before the tournament started.
He made his Governors’ Cup debut against Columbian last week, scoring 26 points in a loss.
The game before that, Blakely put up a near quadruple-double in leading Blackwater to its first win of the conference over Northport.
“Yung last game ni Blakely he almost had a quadruple-double. Na-inspire niya 'yung locals to have great energy the entire game,” Dimaunahan said on the Elite’s reasoning to go with Blakely.
“Secondly, being a coach I want my players to be healthy all the time. One issue is that for Aaron because obviously he's not 100 percent healed,” he added.
Fuller is still with the team and will continue to rehab his ankle.
“Nire-rehab pa rin namin yung paa niya. He's still part of the team, he's still part of the family. Ang gusto kasi namin laging healthy players namin,” Dimaunahan said.
“Ayaw naman natin pwersahin yung mga tao. Oo he had a big, fighting heart pero nilalagay naman natin sa risk yung career niya,” he added.
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