Blackwater taps Keala King to fan PBA playoffs hopes

Blackwater isn’t throwing the towel despite losing its last six matches, bringing in a new import in Keala King in lieu of injured reinforcement Eric Dawson.

King, who is listed at 6-5, had his first practice with the Elite on Wednesday morning at the SGS gym in Quezon City. He’s coming off a recent stint at Hitech where he played alongside Thai-American Tyler Lamb in the 2016 Thailand Basketball League.

Lamb originally was tapped by the Batang Pier to be their Asian import in the Governors Cup, but  eligibility issues prevented the former Long Beach standout from playing in the PBA.

Coach Leo Isaac said King showed good ball handling skills in his first day of practice.

“Kanina nag-walk through lang kami sa kanya sa drills pero maganda ang ball handling skills niya at speed niya,” Isaac told FOX Sports after the team’s practice.

“Magkakaroon kami ng konting help sa 2-3 and maybe even 4 spots.”

Blackwater has lost its last six games to hog the cellar at 1-7.

The Elite’s last three games include Phoenix Fuel Masters next Wednesday, GlobalPort on September 14, before facing defending champion San Miguel Beer on September 18.

Aside from his Hitech stint in Thailand, the youthful King also saw action for the Agustinos Eras in the Primera Division de Baloncesto last year in Spain, averaging 9.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists per contest.

King is also a journeyman in college, first seeing action with Arizona State from 2010-2012, Long Beach State in 2013, before moving over to Pikeville in 2014.

“Sana makatulong siya sa remaining games namin. Maganda ang attitude niya at pakikisama sa mga locals,” said Isaac.

Dawson has been replaced due to back problems. He averaged 18.17 points, 15.17 rebounds, 4.67 assists and 2.33 steals per contest. – Richard Dy

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Photo taken from YouTube – Pavements Chase

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