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Desperate Blackwater brings in new import vs Phoenix

Blackwater will be fighting for its dear life against Phoenix. PBA Media Bureau photo

Blackwater is bringing in new import Keala King to try and save its PBA Governors’ Cup campaign when it tackles the streaking Phoenix squad on Wednesday.

King was a former top US high school recruit who played for the Arizona State, Long Beach State, and University of Pikeville before suiting up for a league in Spain. He will join the Elite after a stint in the Thailand Basketball League with HiTech Bangkok. 

He came in as a late replacement for the injured Eric Dawson.

“Blackwater is a new look team with their new import and new players,” said Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia it the PBA website. “They will play with a lot of energy. We got to outwork them, be ready for adjustments and play aggressive on both ends.”

Blackwater, which holds a 1-7 record, is pressed for a victory or it will tumble out of playoffs contention. Only the top eight teams will advance to the quarterfinals after the elimination round.

“Again, we have high hopes of playing good basketball versus Phoenix tomorrow,” said Elite coach Leo Isaac. “Hopefully, we can see a winning line in the closing minutes of our game.”

Phoenix, on the other hand, is currently at sixth spot with a 4-4 record. 

A third straight win and a fifth in nine games will assure the Fuel Masters a spot in the playoffs.

The Fuel Masters will be leaning once again on high scoring import Eugene Phelps, Cyrus Baguio, and Korean Lee Gwan-hee.

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