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Nigerian Lawal to beef up Bolts

Meralco coach, Norman Black, said Nigerian Gani Lawal will reinforce the Bolts in Season 44 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup.

Black said Lawal, who arrived three days ago, will first see action against Blackwater on May 19 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

“He (Lawal) is good, he’s 6’8 and 245 pounds, very athletic, can run the floor, good inside player, likes to block shots and rebound the basketball. Not much an outside player.” said Black, adding that the Bolts main priority next conference is to go deeper into the playoffs.

“First goal is to make it to the playoffs and hopefully get into the semifinals to give ourselves a chance.”

Meralco is eager to better its dismal 3-8 win-loss record finish in the last Philippine Cup.

Lawal has played for several countries among them France, Poland, Spain, and Japan where he averaged 21 points and 12.2 rebounds recently. Lawal was a Phoenix Suns rookie in the 2010 season.

“My locals are good. We have come to the conclusion that I have a lot of guards so I will do the best I can with them,” added Black, referring to guards Amer, Jackson, Mike Tolomia, Nards Pinto and Anjo Caram.

“I just have to make the adjustments with the talents that I have and make sure I’m able to utilize all the players with the best of their abilities. So far, so good.”

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