Palestinian point guard Imad Qahwash is set to give Blackwater a huge boost at its backcourt after agreeing to serve as the Elite’s Asian import for the season-ending PBA Governors Cup.
“Finally, it’s a done deal,” Blackwater team owner Dioceldo Sy told FOX Sports, who has been with the 6-foot-2 Qahwash for the past days in Manila.
Sy said he is looking forward to Qashwash bringing his strong leadership and playmaking to the Elite, who, for the 1st 2 conferences have relied on the veteran presence of Mike Cortez.
“I’m looking forward to Imad’s leadership on the court plus the quality of play since he played a key role in beating Gilas (in last year’s) FIBA Asia (in Changsa),” Sy said on Friday.
Blackwater only had 6 wins to show in 22 games this season.
Qahwash, who went back to Hong Kong on Wednesday, is expected to join the team come July.
The Blackwater big boss said he would have loved to see Qahwash play as early as June when the Elite fly to Malaysia to join the 6-nation Penang Chief Minister Cup.
But Sy said the 29-year-old Qahwash will still be running a basketball camp in Toronto, Canada by that time.
Qahwash, whose father is Palestinian and mother Jordanian, averaged 11.9 points, 6.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals in last year’s Fiba-Asia cage joust.
The Palestinian banged in 17 points during Palestine’s famous 75-73 win over Gilas Pilipinas in Changsa. He played college basketball Central Arkansas in the US NCAA. – By Richard Dy
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