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TNT, Nlex square off as Terrence Jones set for PBA debut; Alaska, Northport clash in curtain raiser

by Reynald Magallon, May 21, 2019 9:45pm

Former Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones is set to make his debut in the PBA when his TNT Katropa squares off with the NLEX Road Warriors on Wednesday at the Ynares Center, Antipolo.

Jones boasts the best credentials out of the 12 reinforcements in this conference having played in the NBA and averaged in the double-figures in three seasons.The 27-year old Kentucky Wildcats standout averaged double figures thrice in his NBA career, providing solid contributions for the Rockets in 2013-'14 season (12.1 ppg) and 2014-'15 season (11.7ppg) and with the Pelicans in 2016-'17 season (11.5ppg).

The 6'9" forward is expected to form a potent offensive combination with TNT star Jayson Castro and a solid frontline along side Kelly Williams and Yousef Taha.

"Offensively, I am going to let him play all over the floor. He can play any position 1-5 on offense. Defensively he will be the rim protector we have been missing. He will complement Troy, Kelly, and Yousef inside," said TNT consultant Mark Dickel.

Meanwhile, the Road Warriors are set to parade Chris Washington in place of their first choice Tony Mitchell. Washing ton went undrafted in the 2015 NBA draft but has vast experience playingoverseas having stints in Universal Basketball Association, Liga Nacional de Basquet in Argentina, NBA D-League, in Canada, Domican Republic, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, and most recently with the Westports Malaysia Dragons in the ABL.

On the other hand, the clash between debuting NorthPort Batang Pier and the Alaska Aces will serve as the curtain raiser.

The Aces are looking to follow up their impressive performance in its first game against the Columbian Dyip. The Batang Pier meanwhile will test their import, Prince Ibeh who had stint in Long Island Nets in the NBA G-League.

Aces head coach Alex Compton meanwhile remain wary of Northport's local crew led by Stanley Pringle.

"I think Stanley Pringle... most guys consider him as one of the most explosive scoring guards in the country. And there are incredible guards in the Philippines. Jayson (Castro), Terrence (Romeo), Alex (Cabagnot), Marcio"(Lassiter), Paul (Lee), MarkBarroca. You go through the list and there's incredible guards, but Stanley's... he's the best," said Compton

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