MERALCO is not taking any chances in the coming FIBA Asia Champion’s Cup 2018 scheduled Sept. 27-Oct. 2 in Nonthaburi, Thailand.
Liam McMorrow, a 7-foot-2 behemoth who once played for the Barako Bull in 2015, will serve as the Bolts’ second import in the prestigious, eight-nation tournament featuring the leading club teams in Asia.
The 31-year-old Canadian center will join two-time PBA Best Import Allen Durham as Meralco’s imports in the event to be held at the Stadium 29 in Nonthaburi.
Meralco team manager Paolo Trillo said the 31-year-old McMorrow will be able to join the team for at least one more week of practice.
“Aside from being big, he’s also quick and can run the floor, which is the type of import we need in this kind of tournament,” said Trillo in an interview with Spin.Ph
Meralco will join defending champion Al-Riyadi of Lebanon, Alvark Tokyo of Japan and host Mono Vampire Basketball Club of Thailand in Group B.
In Group A are Pauian Archiland of Chinese-Taipei, Liaoning Flying Leopards of China, SK Knights of Korea and Petrochimi of Iran.
“Even though they will be playing under the name of their clubs, expect everyone to play with limitless effort for national pride as they aim to win the FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2018,” said a report in the official FIBA website.
Al-Riyadi of Lebanon defeated Kashgar-China, 88-59, to capture the championship in Chenzhou, China last year.
Another teams to watch is Petrochimi of Iran, which finished fourth last year.