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Austria on possible import change due to Gillenwater's struggles: "We'll have to think about it"

Troy Gillenwater had good starts in his first two games in the PBA only to fizzle in the end. Nikki Collantes

By Ivan Saldajeno

ANTIPOLO--Coach Leo Austria admitted on Sunday night that San Miguel may bring in a different import come its next PBA Commissioner's Cup match against Alaska on Saturday night.

"There's a possibility," Austria said.

This after Troy Gillenwater struggled in his first two games for the Beermen in the mid-season conference.

Gillenwater only made 19 points--just two in the second half--as SMB faltered to Meralco on Wednesday night.

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He had a promising start for the Beermen against the Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters, making 11 points in the first half.

However, his stint was cut short after he was thrown out of the game following what appeared to be an intentional bump to the referee out of frustration.

The said development somehow affected SMB's cause as ROS bounced back from giving up 40 second quarter points and took the overtime win at the Ynares Center on Sunday night.

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"Compared to the other imports, we're not impressed," Austria admitted. "Yung first quarter niya, very impressive, but he should last at least 40 minutes per game" while adding that Gillenwater is somehow underestimating the PBA style of play.

But he clarified, "We'll have to think about it dahil kailangan we have to evaluate kahit sinong player kung helpful o hindi.... Especially in this kind of situation, it should be a collective decision."

Austria and the rest of the Beermen's coaching staff had a lengthy meeting inside their dugout after the game.

But on the fate of Gillenwater, Austria said, "Right now, we don't have any decision.... Probably in a couple of days, sana may result na."

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