After opening the PBA Governors Cup with back-to-back defeats, GlobalPort decided to part ways with athletic import Dominique Sutton, bringing in wide-bodied Mike Glover instead to try to boost the Batang Pier’s sagging campaign.
“Big boy itong import namin, si Mike Glover, saka fresh pa from the league (tournament) sa Canada kaya yun yung maganda, kundisyon siya,” GlobalPort coach John Cardel told FOX Sports on Saturday.
The former Iona standout is coming off a stint with the Halifax Hurricanes, who captured the 2016 National Basketball League-Canada championships after outlasting the London Lightnings in a seven-game title series last month.
The wide-bodied Glover averaged 12.7 points and 7.0 rebounds in 53 games for the Hurricanes.
Glover is officially listed at 6-4 15/16 following Saturday’s official height measurement at the PBA head office in Libis, Quezon City.
The 215-pound Glover then, went straight to the team’s 3 p.m. practice on Saturday afternoon at Gatorade Hoops Center and will make his PBA debut on Sunday against Star in a battle of winless squads.
GlobalPort and Star, which dropped a narrow 100-98 decision to Blackwater, clash at 4:30 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Kailangan kasi talaga namin ng big man na puwedeng makatulong ng malaki sa offense and defense kasi kulang kami ngayon dahil nga sa injuries,” added the soft-spoken GlobalPort coach.
Cardel said they felt Sutton failed to provide the much-needed spark they were looking for, especially since the Batang Pier were plagued by injuries to big men like Billy Mamaril (hamstring), Jay Washington (knee), Rico Maierhofer (knee) and Terrence Romeo, who missed the team’s 108-93 loss to Mahindra due to stomach flu.
“Siguro di namin siya (Sutton) nakitaan ng how he can take over sa defense and offense. Nakukulangan kami kasi dapat naging go-to-guy namin siya dahil kulang locals namin,” explained Cardel. – Richard Dy
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