Meralco Bolts banking on import's reputation
MANILA – Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio hopes his team will improve from its fifth place finish in the recent PBA Philippine Cup following their acquisition of 6’9” import Eric Dawson.
Gregorio said in PBA’s official website that he will be leaning on Dawson’s “winning reputation” with hopes of reaching at least the semifinal round of the upcoming PBA Governors’ Cup.
“I was able to see him during the NBDL (National Basketball Development League) showcase in Reno last year, but I was advised by some people there that I won’t be able to get him because he’s waiting for a call and true enough, he was called up by the San Antonio Spurs to play for the NBA,” said the Meralco coach.
“He has won in almost every tournament he has played in,” added Gregorio.
Gregorio said Dawson plays “intelligent basketball” and that the former NBA player has a solid inside game.
Another factor that could play to their advantage is Dawson’s wingspan, added the Meralco coach.
“He has a wingspan of 7'6". I believe he’s an intelligent player because he has that good sense of making his teammates more involved,” said Gregorio.
Gregorio said he hopes Dawson will fit well into their system once they go up against other PBA teams in the Governors’ Cup.
“The local players have already accepted their roles, so you just have to bring in the right import who can complement Sol [Mercado], Mac [Cardona], Chris [Ross], Ronjay [Buenafe] and Jay-R [Reyes],” added Gregorio. “I believe Eric Dawson is a good fit for our team.”