Beermen tap Devon Scott as replacement for Diamond Stone
San Miguel has moved on from the Diamond Stone experiment and has enlisted Devon Scott as its next reinforcement in the PBA Season 47 Commissioner’s Cup.
The 28-year old Scott is listed at 6-foot-9 and has seen action in Canada, Brazil, Italy, Argentina and, most recently, Korea after going undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft.
According to team insiders, the Beermen’s new import arrived on Monday morning from Atlanta, Georgia and is set to practice with the squad on Tueday.
The defending champs are coming off a demoralizing loss to the Bay Area Dragons in a game wherein they trailed by as much as 30 and lost by 26 with Stone contributing a measly 11 points in almost 37 minutes of action.
In 3 games, Stone compiled averages of 24.3 points and 11.6 rebounds on 29-of-70 shooting from the field and a miserable 4-of-25 from beyond the arc.
Sources claimed that SMB coach Leo Austria has already been informed by team governor Robert Non and team manager Gee Abanilla of the impending change.
Stone, a certified scorer in the Taiwanese league, was tapped to replace original choice Thomas Robinson who suffered a back injury just 3 days before the team was set to kick-off its title retention drive against Blackwater last October 5.
“Nagmamadali kami kaya kung sino available and siya (Stone) kasi ang ready to fly,” said Austria during an earlier interview.
“Besides, sa video okay naman ‘yung ipinakita niya sa Taiwan. Kung nandoon si June Mar, they could complement each other in our high-low (plays) kasi poste si June Mar and siya naman maganda touch from the outside,” he added.
Scott will inherit a team with a 1-2 win-loss record and with 4 games to play in 9 days starting with the Converge FiberXers on Friday, October 21.
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