“Alex is a good import but we feel Chism could be the right import for us,” explained Guiao after Rain Or Shine decided to replace McLean with Wayne Chism as Import

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The Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters have seen enough of reinforcement Alex McLean in the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup.

Although Coach Yeng Guiao had earlier revealed that he is happy with McLean’s performance, still Rain or Shine has decided to part ways with McLean and bring in former Barako Bull prospect Wayne Chism as replacement for the remainder of the team’s campaign after a deliberation among its coaching staff and management.

Chism’s The Saviour?
The 6-8 wide-bodied former University of Tennessee standout arrived just before noon on Thursday and is set to join the team’s practice on Friday morning.
In explaining the change, Guiao said it’s totally different from having a “good import” in McLean to having the “right one’ with Chism.
“Sometimes, it’s totally different if you have a good import from having the right import,” Guiao said on Thursday after the team’s practice. “Alex is a good import but we feel Chism could be the right import for us.

McLean’s so-so performance

With McLean as import in the first five games in the import-spiced conference, Rain or Shine logged a mediocre 2-3 win-loss record, in a tie for sixth to seventh spots in the standings with defending champion Alaska.

From the start of the conference, Rain Or Shine was expected to be among the teams to beat as they are coming from a cinderella finished in the Philippine Cup which was won by two-straight conference champion San Mig Super Coffee Mixers.

McLean played what turned out to be his farewell game on Wednesday night, logging in 23 points and 16 rebounds to help Rain or Shine snap a two-game skid with a convincing 96-79 rout of Meralco but was seen heading home still wearing his uniform. 

He immediately left Araneta after the game and didn’t even bother to inform Guiao of his departure. That incident clearly showed that McLean is definitely on the way out.

McLean, a product of the Liberty University Flames, wound up averaging 22.8 points and 15.4 rebounds for the Elasto Painters in his five-game PBA career.

Former Barako Reinforcement

Chism is not a stranger anymore to PBA fans, having played one preseason match with Barako Bull, helping the Energy score a 96-89 win over the Aces.

However, the Energy had to send home the former Fort Wayne Mad Ants forward in the NBA D-League owing to a contract dispute with his former team in the Hungarian basketball league.

That dispute has since been sorted out, paving the way for his stint with Rain or Shine.

Chism led Kaposvari, a Division A team in the Hungary basketball league, with his 20.7 points per game average, along with 10.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 16 games.

With the arrival of Chism, Rain Or Shine might finally solved their woes in the rebounding department with back-up center JR Quinahan out with an injury.

“He’s bigger, he’s taller, which is what we need to plug the hole in the middle,” added Guiao on Chism.

— with reports from Spin.ph

Ed Umbao

Founder of PhilNews.xyz | co-Founder of PhilNews.ph

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