GLOBALPORT TABS BROCK, ROS INKS MCLEAN AS COMM’S CUP IMPORTS FLY IN
Former Atlanta Hawk Evan Brock, cut after 11 games as Barako Bull import last year, gets a second chance to show his worth in the Philippine Basketball Association, hooking up with GlobalPort in the coming Commissioner’s Cup.
Brock, a champion import with the Indonesian Warriors in the ASEAN Basketball League, is flying in on Feb. 20 fresh from a tour of duty in the Bahrain league.
The 6-foot-9 Georgia native, a product of Alabama U, averaged 21.18 points, 16 rebounds, 2.36 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks to lead Barako Bull to a 4-7 win-loss run through the first five weeks of the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup.
Unsatisfied, coach Rajko Toroman opted to replace Brock with DJ Mbenga – a move Barako Bull would regret as the Energy lost all three games with their import replacement and failed to make the post-elimination round play.
New GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio is hopeful Brock will prove his true worth in his PBA return.
The Batang Pier tried their luck on imports Justin Williams, Walter Sharpe and Sly Morgan last year without success, nailing just two wins against 12 losses.
Meanwhile, Rain or Shine, though still in pursuit of the Philippine Cup championship, has flown in its Commissioner’s Cup reinforcement in Alex McLean.
Unable to go far with a giant of an import in 7-foot-4 Bruno Sundov last year, the Asian Coatings Inc. is banking this time on an undersized import.
The tourney features imports with a height ceiling of 6-foot-9. McLean is listed as 6-foot-8 and could be shorter than that.
A former Liberty U stalwart, McLean is a grizzled overseas campaigner with stints in Canada, Lebanon, Iraq, China, Qatar and Egypt.
In 2007, he started in 27 of the Liberty Flames’ 31 games, collecting 12 double-doubles and registering averages of 14.5 points and 8.9 rebounds.
Before donning the Flames’ jersey, McLean played two years with Suffolk Community College in Long Island, New York, earning all-region and all-conference honors in 2006.
Other imports already in town are Alaska’s Rob Dozier, Air21’s Herve Lamizana, San Mig Coffee’s James Mays and Talk n Text’s Richard Howell.
Howell arrived in the country Tuesday night and was to attend his first practice with the Texters Wednesdayat the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center inside Ateneo.
Talk n Text cancelled the practice, though, due to a bomb threat in the university. (SB)
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