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Bay Area sticking with Andrew Nicholson for PBA Comm's Cup Finals vs. Ginebra

It's Andrew Nicholson the rest of the way for the Dragons. Dennis Acosta
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY—Don't expect a scoring spree between Myles Powell and Justin Brownlee in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals.

Bay Area coach Brian Goorjian announced on Wednesday night after the team's semifinal series-clinching win against San Miguel at the SM Mall of Asia Arena that Andrew Nicholson will still be the guest club's import for the championship series against Ginebra that will begin on Christmas night.

According to Goorjian, Powell suffered a toe tendon injury, and according to him, it would take some time before he can return to action.

"It's a serious injury. It's gonna take months," Goorjian said. "He's out."

According to the agreement the Dragons had with the PBA, Powell is the designated initial import and Nicholson is the secondary reinforcement.

After Powell and Nicholson each played four games in the eliminations, the team opted to field Powell for the rest of the preliminary phase.

During the playoffs, however, Nicholson was reactivated, eventually revealing that Powell was hurt badly in practice, even showing up in the games with a recovery boot on.

Had Powell been cleared to play, the PBA would have advised Bay Area to reactivate him as soon as possible and the team has to stick with him the rest of the way, that is, Nicholson cannot be reactivated again.

In semis Game 4 against the Beermen, Powell appeared to be OK already, but the Dragons have already decided that they will sit him out probably until March, just in time for the EASL Champions Week in Japan.

"We're hoping that we can get him in for the EASL," Goorjian further said.

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