Meralco Bolts to rep RP in FIBA Asia Champions Cup

MANILA, Philippines – The Meralco Bolts will be the second PBA
ballclub to represent the country in an international tournament in
the past two months.

The Bolts reinforced by imports Allen Durham and Liam McMorrow will
participate in the Fiba Asia Champions Cup at Stadium 29 in
Nonthaburi, Thailand, today, September 27.
The core of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, aided by players from
other squads, represented the country in the last Asian Games where
they finished fifth.

Meralco will battle the home team, Mono Vampire, on opening day.

The Bolts’ participation in this prestigious Asian inter-club tourney
was requested by FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann. The SBP and
the PBA agreed to make this happen, however, it means having to
postpone the Bolts’ matches in the ongoing Governors’ Cup.

Meralco was originally slated to take on the Rain or Shine Elasto
Painters tomorrow, Friday, September 28.

Also in this Champions Cup are Japan’s Alvark Tokyo, Lebanon’s Al
Riyadi, Chinese Taipei’s Pauian Archiland, China’s Liaoning Flying
Leopards, Korea’s SK Knights and Iran’s Petrochimi.

The Bolts are in the same group as Mono Vampire, Alvark Tokyo and Al
Riyadi in Group B.

Mono Vampire will feature former PBA import Mike Singletary and Marcus
Johnny Keene and Moses Morgan.

Alvark Tokyo list imports Alex Ryan Kirk, Zack Alan Baranski and Milko
Bjelica while perennial Lebanese champions, Al Riyadi, are backstopped
by Mark Lyons and Christopher Obekpa.

Previous Philippine champion teams in the competition include Northern
Cement which won in 1984 in Malaysia, Swift-PABL in 1988 in Jakarta,
Andok’s in 1995 in Kuala Lumpur, and Hapee Toothpaste that bagged top
honors in 1996 in Manila. Since then, no Philippine squad has won the
tournament.