Ahanmisi's Ginebra Debut Marks Commissioner's Cup Kickoff Amidst Roster Changes
Maverick Ahanmisi, in his eagerly awaited Commissioner’s Cup début for Barangay Ginebra, conveyed his delight at joining a squad already replete with talent and strengthened by including the Most Improved Player from the previous season. Ahanmisi is anxious to contribute to the league’s most popular squad under the direction of coach Tim Cone in their upcoming match against his former team, Converge.
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All eyes are on Ahanmisi as the 8 p.m. matchup at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao approaches and how he establishes a crucial role for himself in the system of Coach Tim Cone. Significantly, the successful participation of Cone, Scottie Thompson, and Japeth Aguilar with Gilas Pilipinas in the Hangzhou Asian Games has prompted them to resume their club obligations. Additionally, the conference is animated by the eagerly awaited return of the national team’s assistant, LA Tenorio, who has been battling colon cancer for the past few months.
Ginebra’s notable change is the absence of the cherished Justin Brownlee, awaiting a verdict on his failed doping test during the Asiad. Tony Bishop, a former Meralco import temporarily replacing Brownlee, is tasked with covering the vacuum left by the Gin Kings’ longtime reinforcement.
After completing an outstanding season with Converge and signing an unrestricted free-agent contract with Ginebra, Ahanmisi contributes valuable skills to the group. With his exceptional shooting prowess and formidable defensive capabilities, he enhances the team’s repertoire by complementing the versatile skill set of Scottie Thompson, the cutting proficiency of Stanley Pringle, and the tenacity on defense exhibited by Nards Pinto.
“I’m just here to assist a team that is already strong. “It’s leadership, rebounds, and every other aspect of the game—whatever I can do,” says the 32-year-old Ahanmisi, who has an extensive PBA career, having debuted in 2015 with Rain or Shine and Alaska.
In contrast, Converge enters the match in search of their first victory following defeats at the hands of Blackwater and TNT. The above setback, which transpired last Saturday in overtime at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City, strengthens their resolve to triumph.
In addition to establishing the context for Ahanmisi’s debut, the season-opener for Ginebra also functions as a buildup to a fiercely anticipated Sunday confrontation with longtime rival Magnolia. Magnolia, who have won their first two games, is pursuing the championship; import Tyler Bey has been at the forefront of the team’s charge toward victory ever since the 2018 Governors’ Cup.
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