TNT dumps Tyler, plays all-Pi­noy vs Elite

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS -

Games to­day (Smart Araneta Coli­seum) 4:30 p.m. – Black­wa­ter vs TNT KaTropa 7 p.m. – Mer­alco vs Mag­no­lia

TNT KaTropa has de­cided to ter­mi­nate the ser­vices of im­port Jeremy Tyler and play with an al­lFilipino crew ver­sus Black­wa­ter in the PBA Com­mis­sioner’s Cup tonight at the Smart Araneta Coli­seum.

TNT team man­ager Vir­gil Villav­i­cen­cio said they let go of Tyler as he failed to meet the ex­pec­ta­tions of the coach­ing staff and the whole team.

The Tex­ters will play just one game with­out a re­in­force­ment as they will have old im­port Josh Smith back in their next game against Columbian Dyip on June 1 at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.

Smith, the burly im­port that led the Tex­ters to the Com­mis­sioner’s Cup fi­nals last year ver­sus the San Miguel Beer­men, will ar­rive on May 25.

“Since we’re win­ning games with our lo­cals, we no longer ex­tended Tyler’s con­tract even as we have a game to play (tonight),” said Villavin­cen­cio.

Tyler had ini­tially been given a guar­an­teed onemonth con­tract then a twoweek ex­ten­sion that ex­pired Tues­day. He is set to leave the coun­try tonight.

The Tex­ters go for a share of the lead with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters at 4-1 as they tan­gle with the win­less Black­wa­ter Elite team (0-5) at 4:30 p.m.

Mean­while, All-Filipino los­ing fi­nal­ist Mag­no­lia plays its last game with Ver­non Mack­lin as the Hot­shots col­lide with the Mer­alco Bolts at 7 p.m.

Mack­lin will at­tend a prior com­mit­ment made with a team in China’s Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League.

For­mer Mag­no­lia res­i­dent im­port Ri­cardo Ratliffe is out of the short­list of can­di­dates for re­place­ment to Mack­lin since the for­mer is tied up with the Korean na­tional team.

Glob­alPort Batang Pier’s Stan­ley Pringle eludes Ken­neth Ighalo of NLEX Road War­riors for a drive dur­ing their PBA Com­mis­sioner’s Cup match at the Smart Araneta Coli­seum. The Batang Pier won, 116-94.

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