MANILA, Philippines – Replacement import Joshua Dollard turned to be a blessing in disguise for Barako Bull coach Bong Ramos after the 6'8" American stepped up for Dwayne Chism.
Chism was supposed to suit up for the Energy Cola in this season’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup, but begged off due to contractual disputes with his former Hungarian team.
Ramos, however, found out Dollard could shoot and do a lot more.
"He can score face up or back to the basket. He can make a good pass if doubled," the Barako coach said in the PBA website. “He is a good rebounder, too. He can shoot inside and outside. He can run the floor on transition. He can bring the ball if the guards are denied, and he can take off the pressure from our guys.”
"Iyun ang kailangan namin para meron kaming scoring from our wings," he added.
Ramos hopes Dollard can help the team improve from a 5-9 win-loss record in the recent Philippine Cup.
Barako Bull will open its Commissioner’s Cup campaign on Friday against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, who will be fielding the high-scoring Leon Rodgers.
Rodgers averaged nearly 29 points per game for when he played for the Jilin Northeast Tigers.