<
>

Troy Gillenwater's ejection leaves his status in doubt

Beermen import Troy Gillenwater drives against Rain or Shine during a PBA Commissioner's Cup game on May 13, 2018 at Ynares Center in Antipolo. PBA Media Bureau

ANTIPOLO -- San Miguel import Troy Gillenwater is under evaluation after the Beermen slumped to a 0-2 start in the 2018 Honda PBA Commissioner's Cup.

Beermen coach Leo Austria said he has not been impressed so far with Gillenwater, who was ejected with 2:29 left in the first half of San Miguel's 123-119 loss to Rain or Shine on Friday at the Ynares Sports Center.

After fouling Rain or Shine's Reggie Johnson, Gillenwater bumped an official on his way to the bench which triggered an automatic ejection.

He also didn't show much in his first game either. The 6-foot-8 American reinforcement scored just two points in the second half of a loss to Meralco at the Mall of Asia Arena.

San Miguel's management and coaching staff will sit down soon to talk about the status of their reinforcements in time for their Saturday match against Alaska in Dumaguete.

"Compared to the other imports, we're not impressed," Austria said.

"What they experience right now is a different ballgame. They must have underestimated the PBA. We are in a different level here ... in terms of skills, talent, and technical know-how, we're at par with the big leagues."

Austria would not give a definitive answer when asked when they will reach a decision.

"Probably in a couple of days, I'm hoping we have made a decision. The good thing is we have five days to talk about it," he said.

Pressed for answer, Austria said there's a possiblity they will make an import change.

Who will replace Gillenwater remains a mystery. But there's a clamor for the return of former Best Import Charles Rhodes, who is coming off a stint in Korea, and Renaldo Balkman, who steered San Miguel Alab Pilipinas to the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League championship.

"There's a possibility. But I'm not sure because we don't know yet. I told you we have to talk about it first," he said.