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Wilkerson to suit up for SMB

Joey Villar, Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) - February 4, 2016 - 9:00am

MANILA, Philippines – Tyler Wilkerson, teammate of San Miguel Beer Fil-Am players Chris Ross and Chris Lutz at Marshall U, will be the import the Beermen will bank on in a bid to achieve a three-peat feat in the coming PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

Though listed only as a 6-foot-8 center-forward, Wilkerson could well be a key reinforcement with his ability to play in various roles.

“He’s highly recommended by Chris Ross and Chris Lutz. He can play inside and out,” said SMB coach Leo Austria, hoping to erase the stigma of their experience last year.

After winning the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup crown, the Beermen struggled in the next tournament obviously because of the championship hangover. They got off to a poor start and failed to make it past the elims.

“We’re not able to prepare well last year. With that in mind, we flew in our import much earlier this time,” said Austria.

Wilkerson will be ranged against a tough cast of imports, including Ivan Johnson (TNT), Malcolm Rhett (Blackwater), Denzel Bowles (Star), Malcolm Thomas (Meralco), Augustus Gilchrist (Mahindra), Othyus Jeffers (Ginebra), Al Thornton (NLEX), Wayne Chism (Rain or Shine), Kenny Adeleke (Phoenix) at Rob Dozier (Alaska).

Meanwhile, Johnson is suspended for a game and fined P50,000 for punching Blackwater’s JP Erram and Frank Golla in a scuffle that marred their tune-up match at the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center inside Ateneo Saturday.    

Johnson serves the suspension in the opening game of the Commissioner’s Cup between the Texters and the Elite Feb. 10 at the Big Dome.

ACIRC AL THORNTON ATENEO SATURDAY AUGUSTUS GILCHRIST BEERMEN BIG DOME CHRIS ROSS AND CHRIS LUTZ DENZEL BOWLES ERRAM AND FRANK GOLLA IVAN JOHNSON KENNY ADELEKE
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