Athletic American import Dominique Sutton is set to take flight in the PBA Governors Cup after agreeing to suit up for GlobalPort.
Sutton’s Philippine-based agent Sheryl Reyes said the slam-dunking Sutton is arriving on June 28 in Manila after securing a release from Tropang TNT recently.
The 29-year-old Sutton, who first played for Air21 in 2014, was supposed to play for TNT in last season’s Governors Cup as a late replacement for Steph Pettigrew.
But Sutton’s 2nd tour of duty didn’t materialize when TNT was eliminated from the playoffs after a major tailspin in the season-ending conference.
“TNT kept his (Sutton) rights instead of Pettigrew so I had to ask coach Jong (Uichico) and TNT for release,” Reyes told FOX Sports on Thursday.
Reyes said originally, TNT wouldn’t want to release Sutton until they get a sure import for the Governors Cup.
When former Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell finally agreed to sign and play for TNT, the Tropa eventually agreed to release the North Carolina Central standout to play for GlobalPort
Listed at 6-4 & 1/2 in the PBA, Sutton averaged 26.0 points, 15.40 rebounds, 3.40 assists and 2.40 steals during the 2014 Governors Cup, helping the Express reach the playoffs where they bowed to twice-to-beat Rain or Shine in the quarterfinals, 111-90.
The cat-quick Sutton could hopefully inject the much-needed energy for a GlobalPort side that failed to make the playoffs in the Commissioner’s Cup, following a first-ever semifinal finish in the all-Filipino conference this season. – By Richard Dy
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