The PBA has approved the proposal to allow Asian cagers to play for the local teams as imports in the 2015 Governors' Cup.
The decision was made final after a unanimous agreement in the PBA Board of Governors' meeting on Thursday, according to the league's official website.
"This is clearly experimental on the part of the PBA, with the end in view of maximizing the marketing value of the PBA, not just within the country, but within the region," said PBA commissioner Chito Salud.
The Asian players will serve as second imports for the 12 teams competing in the last conference of the season. Tapping their services is optional....
Purefoods Star hotshots defensive ace Marc Pingris could only watch from the bench as San Miguel Beermen’s prized big man June Mar Fajardo scorched the defending PBA Philippine Cup champions in an 87-80 win on Sunday.
Fajardo, the league’s reigning Most Valuable Player, threw his height and heft around the decimated Purefoods frontline and posted 22 points and 15 rebounds to give Beermen its second straight win and keep the Hotshots winless in two games.
After the game, Pingris, who was still resting from his grueling stint with the Philippine national men’s basketball team, approached his Gilas Pilipinas buddy Fajardo at center court as they hugged and acknowledged each other....
San Miguel center June Mar Fajardo was brilliant on Sunday, scoring 22 points, grabbing 15 rebounds, and block six blocks in 38 minutes to lead the Beermen to victory ove Purefoods.
And even though the win came at the expense of his team, Marc Pingris couldn't help but admire his Gilas Pilipinas buddy's performance.
"Unang-una sa lahat talagang masaya ako sa tinatakbo ng career ni June Mar ngayon," said Pingris, who is still on break after his stint in the national team....
June Mar Fajardo collected 22 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks for the Beermen while Marc Pingris, perhaps the only guy who could possibly contain him, watched helplessly on the Star Hotshots bench.
“It’s a good win for us because we beat last season’s finalists. It’s an indication that our team is on the right track,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria, whose squad improved to 2-0 after beating Rain or Shine in its first game while sending Purefoods to a 0-2 start....
The two cagers had played together for Far Eastern University in the UAAP before getting drafted by GlobalPort, where they remained backcourt mates last year.
"S'yempre, professional naman kami, hindi naman habambuhay magkakampi kami," said Garcia, who was traded to Barako for Keith Jensen last June that caused the back court duo to go their separate ways....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||2||0||1.000|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||5||5||0.500||5th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||7||4||0.636||5th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||13||8||0.619||4th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||15||6||0.714||Runner-up|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||8||8||0.500||6th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||6||9||0.400||7th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||6||8||0.429||5th|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||3||6||0.333||9th|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||14||9||0.609||3rd|