IN Baser Amer we trust.
Blackwater Bossing team owner Dioceldo Sy said the acquisition of Amer in a blockbuster trade with the Meralco Bolts should provide the answer to the team’s need for a dependable point guard in the mold of a Jayson Castro
“We really think Baser can help us a lot as far as our need for a reliable point guard is concerned. May tiwala kami sa kanya,” said Sy during his special appearance in the “Usapang Sports on Air” by the Tabloids Organization in Philippine Sports(TOPS) via Zoom last Thursday.
“It’s really very hard for us to part ways with our veteran Mac Belo, but we can’t let the opportunity to acquire Baser pass. I think it’s a fair trade,” Sy told sports editors and reporters during the weekly public service program sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) , Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and Games and Amusements Board (GAB).
“Kailangan talaga namin yun steady point guard na parang Jayson Castro. I’m not saying that Roi Sumang is not good, but he can be inconsistent at times. Kapag maganda ang laro, maganda talaga. Kapag hindi, l medyo nag-suffer ang performance ng team,” added the 62-year-old basketball patron.
Added Sy: “Dito na ako tumanda sa basketball kaya alam ko ang pangangailangan ng team namin. Sa ngayon, si Amer yun. Pero yun ipinalit namin de-kalidad na player din.”
He said top oficials of the team, led by PBA board member Silliman Sy and coach Nash Racela, agreed with the decision to acquire Amer and Bryan Faundo in exchange for Belo.
A three-time PBA All Star and the No. 7 overall pick in 2015, Amer is expected to work well with other Blackwater guards Ed Daquioag, Mike Tolomia, Paul Desiderio and Diego Dario.
“They say madami na kaming guards pero si Amer matagal ko na talaga gusto makuha sa team. Very firm and steady sya talaga,” said Sy, referring to the 28-year-old standout from NCAA champion San Beda College..
With Belo’s departure, former national team mainstay Carl Bryan Cruz is expected to take the cudgels for Blackwater.
Sy also said veteran Niño Canaleta will be retained by the team.
“Sa tingin ko, malakas pa naman hanggang ngayon si KG (Canaleta). Matagal na din sya sa amin. He was with us even during our Blu Detergent days,” recalled Sy.
The amicable Blackwater team owner said the team is looking at next year’s PBA Draft, which could a lot deeper than the coming rookie draft on March 14.
“ I don”t have any pick in the first round this year, but I am not worried. Next year I have three first-round picks. Sa tingin ko mas madami ang bagong players na papasok sa susunod na taon.“