Tony Mitchell eager to make up for lost time as NLEX goes back to first-choice import

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES View comments Rafael Nadal opens bid for 12th French Open title against qualifier Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too “We’d like to thank Curtis for his services. In a short span of time that he’s been with us, we really could not expect more than what we saw in the first game,” said Guiao. “To be fair to him, it was not enough time for him to reach his maximum potential.”“We don’t have the luxury of time, so the fact that it’s Curtis’ first time to play in the Philippines is a disadvantage, and it’s an advantage that Tony has,” added Guiao.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messcenter_img Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Washington was decent in his first game in the PBA putting up 18 points and 16 rebounds in NLEX’ 102-87 loss to the KaTropa on Wednesday.Mitchell, though,  still flew into Manila on his own ticket in the hopes of still joining the team.“I didn’t know if they would give me a shot, but it was a sense of wanting to prove myself and hoping I could make up for lost time,” said Mitchell who played for the Magnolia franchise in the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup.“That was irresponsible of me, so I just want to make it up to the team and the coaches,” added Mitchell.Guiao and the rest of his coaching staff have spoken with Washington and dutifully thanked “Big Curt” for his efforts.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue FILE – Former Star import and now NLEX reinforcement Tony Mitchell. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—NLEX went back to its original import Tony Mitchell and replaced Curtis Washington just in time for its game against NorthPort in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Saturday.Mitchell was the Road Warriors’ first choice for the conference but didn’t arrive in time, prompting the team to go with Washinton for their opening match against TNT.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201702:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “Mitchell was our original choice anyway, Curtis came in as a replacement,” said head coach Yeng Guiao as per NLEX’ Facebook page. “When Tony became available, and he was already in the country, we decided to pursue our original plan.”“We feel he’s a better fit, he’s played here in the Philippines before. He knows the style and knows the people so the adjustment period is very short,” added Guiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMitchell had just led the Fubon Braves to their first title in the Taiwan Super Basketball League with a four-game sweep of Taiwan Beer in early May and was supposed to arrive in Manila right after the tournament.The 6-foot-8 forward, however, missed several flights the NLEX management booked for him, leading the Road Warriors to fly in Curtis Washington, who last played in the Bahrain Premier League. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img