14 July 2016

Asian Import Arrival Will Boosts Bolts' Chances

Meralco Bolts
Iranian player Mohammad Jamshidi will arrive on the eve of his first game with the Meralco Bolts to boost their firepower as they shift gears and focus on the upcoming Governor's Cup.

Head coach Norman Black wants Jamshidi to prove his worth and make a splash in his PBA debut on 15 July as the Bolts take on the Phoenix Petrolem Fuel Masters in the first game of the scheduled double-header at the Smart Araneta Coliseum starting at 4:15 P.M..

"I expect him to come and contribute, become a quality player for us so he can be part of our rotation," said Black to FOX Sports.

Black was coming from his national team duties as one of Gilas assistant coaches while the 24-year old wingman was part of the Iranian squad that recently competed in the Turin, Italy leg of the Olympic qualifier.

Though the Iranian star was fresh from a disappointing OQT campaign also, Black knows a thing or two of Jamshidi, who can be a dangerous asset for the Bolts.

Jamshidi contributed a total of 22 points, 7 assists, and 2 rebounds in Iran's 2 defeats against Greece and Mexico in the elimination.

"I've been part of the national team for quite a while now so I know he can play," added 58-year old champion coach, but noted it will be going to be a 'wait-and-see' process.

Jamshidi is expected to work well with former Barako Bull import Allen Durham as they try to inject energy and rebounding to the athletic and aging Bolt frontline. Also expected to figure well in the scoring column are Cliff Hodge, Jared Dillinger and rookie Chris Newsome, who is leading the Rookie of the Year race.

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