ZACH GRAHAM was the import Blackwater coach Leo Isaac wasn’t looking for. He wasn‘t paying attention to Henry Walker until agent Sheryl Reyes urged him to try the comebacking PBA import.
With Mr. Graham unavailable as he decided to prepare for the Venezuelan League where he is a back-to-back Most Valuable Player awardee, Mr. Isaac settled for Mr. Walker and the Elite found a gem of an import, who carried the team finally to the win column in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
“He was not on our list, to be honest,” Mr. Isaac told sportswriters. “He only came by chance.”
“We had Zach Graham in mind before when Trent Simpson injured his groin. Graham’s agent, Sheryl Reyes, told us that Zach would take some time off before going to Venezuela where he is the back-to-back MVP winner.”
Blackwater had to ask for Mr. Walker’s release from NLEX, which the latter granted, and it turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the Elite, who notched their first win in the tournament after getting a big game from the comebacking reinforcement.
Mr. Isaac is delighted to find a gem of an import in Mr. Walker.
“Special thanks to our new import. He gave the inspiration for everybody so we could come out as winners for this game,” added Mr. Isaac. “Going to the final nine minutes of the game, he was complaining of cramps. He was challenging the locals to take charge because he couldn’t move properly. He was shouting at his teammates to take the shot. That’s a good sign of a true winner.”
Mr. Walker, who also played a few years ago with Alaska, finished with 32 points, 15 rebounds and five assists despite playing in pain due to cramps. — Rey Joble