Phoenix Super LPG is set to parade another ‘balik-import’ when it resumes its 2021-22 PBA Governors’ Cup campaign over the weekend.
The Fuel Masters are bringing in Dominique Sutton as the ball club continues to wait for Paul Harris to fully recover from a hamstring injury.
He is expected to suit up in the team’s match versus Aaron Fuller and TNT on Sunday at 4:00 p.m., according to team manager Paolo Bugia.
“It will be Sutton, yes,” he wrote in a text message to Tiebreaker Times.
Sutton, 35, first played in the PBA back in 2014 for Air21 before returning to the league a couple of years later to reinforce GlobalPort.
Playing professionally since 2012, the American forward is coming off a stint with Al-Ahli Manama of the Bahraini Premier League.
He will now be Phoenix’s second import for the season-ending conference as Harris’ recovery is taking ‘longer than expected,’ said Bugia.
“Unfortunately lang talaga Harris’ recovery took longer than expected. So we had to make a decision kasi nag-bigay na restart date ang PBA,” he said.
The Fuel Masters have gone 3-2 with Harris around, including their 102-93 victory over the erstwhile-unbeaten NLEX on Christmas Day.
It was the last time that the 35-year-old forward saw action. He was already being bothered by hamstring issues early in the said match.
Even with Sutton’s arrival, though, the former San Beda foreign student-athlete is still with the team for stand-in purposes.
The second game of each playdate is also livestreamed on SMART Sports.