MANILA, Philippines – If a handicapped Powerade was able to defy the odds by finishing second in the recent PBA Philippine Cup, imagine what it could do with a superb import?
“We’re excited for the second conference with Dwayne Jones,” Powerade board governor JB Baylon said in PBA.ph.
The 6’11” Jones is a 5-year NBA veteran that suited up for the Boston Celtics, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Charlotte Bobcats, and the Phoenix Suns.
He led the NBA Developmental League in rebounds in 2005 with an average of 11.7 playing for the Florida Flame.
Baylon believes Jones will be a big help to the Powerade Tigers, who reached the Philippine Cup finals despite placing 8th after the elimination round.
The Tigers became giant slayers after the eliminations, stunning top-seed B-Meg in the quarterfinals and outplaying 5th-ranked Rain or Shine in the semis.
Powerade earned the admiration of their peers, including eventual Philippine Cup champion, Talk N’ Text.
“The Tigers had a run which befits their team – young, scrappy talented. With a big import, they’ll be very, very tough in the second conference,” said the Texters’ coach Chot Reyes.