Yes, our second import is 7-foot-1 Liam McMorrow, who played for Barako Bull few years ago
A towering import will power Meralco when it represents the country in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup from 27 September to 2 October in Nonthaburi, Thailand.
Liam McMorrow, a 7-foot-1 shot-blocking monster, will be paired with two-time Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Best Import awardee Allen Durham when the Bolts go up against the best cubs in Asia in this prestigious eight-team tourney.
“Yes, our second import is 7-foot-1 Liam McMorrow, who played for Barako Bull few years ago,” said Meralco coach Norman Black.
McMorrow, 31, played for the now defunct Energy Boosters back in the 2015 PBA Governors’ Cup when bottom teams from past conferences were allowed to field an import with unlimited height.
A product of Tennessee Tech, the Canadian McMorrow also played for Iowa Energy in the NBA D-League.
He is coming off a solid campaign with Taiwan Beer in the Taipei Basketball Superleague.
The Vancouver-native will arrive in the country tonight, giving the Bolts ample time to prepare before they depart for Thailand on 25 September.
Right now our focus is on Phoenix, which we play on Wednesday. After that we will turn our attention to the FIBA Asia tournament.
Meralco is bracketed in Group B together with reigning Champions Cup titlist Al Riyadi of Lebanon, Alvarck Tokyo of Japan and Asean Basketball League runner-up Mono Vampire of host Thailand.
In Group A, Chinese Basketball Association champions Liaoning Flying Leopards lead the cast with Pauian Archilland of Taiwan, Korean Basketball League titlist Seoul Knights and Petrochimi of Iran.
Meralco is tasked to surpass Chooks to Go-Pilipinas’ fifth place finish in the tournament’s previous edition in Chenzou, China.
Black, however, admitted that they have yet to prepare for the Champions Cup as they have to take care of Phoenix first when the PBA Governor’s Cup resumes on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Right now our focus is on Phoenix, which we play on Wednesday. After that we will turn our attention to the FIBA Asia tournament,” said Black.
“We have been able to scout our opponents in the tourney but we have not implemented any of that knowledge in practice.”
Meralco’s other game on 28 September against Rain or Shine will be re-scheduled in line with the league’s position of throwing its full support to the country’s participation in various international tournaments.