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Converge brings in Jamaal Franklin as new import ahead of clash vs. Terrafirma

Jamaal Franklin last played for Denver in the NBA before calling China home. USA Today Sports (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

TAGUIG—The first import change for the PBA Governors' Cup has just been made.

Interestingly enough, it came from the team that posted the biggest blowout so far in the conference.

Converge switched imports on Wednesday, bringing in Jamaal Franklin ahead of its Thursday game against Terrafirma.

Listed at six-feet-five, the 31-year-old shooting guard was a second-round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

However, he made his name in the Chinese Basketball Association, spending most of his professional career there.

He played for the Shanghai Sharks last season before accepting an offer to replace Ethan Rusbatch as the FiberXers' import for the PBA Governors' Cup.

Converge made itself known as a potential thorn in Ginebra's title defense after walloping NorthPort, 122-92, on Sunday night, the club's biggest win so far just one season after buying Alaska's franchise lock, stock, and barrel.

Rusbatch, however, only had 17 points, nine rebounds, and three assists in 37 and a half minutes of play, which somehow did not sit well with the management, prompting them to summon Franklin.

Rusbatch, though, has been placed on the injured reserve list, which means the team could still reactivate him if needed.

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