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Aaron Fuller activated by Blackwater, to play vs. Columbian

The Blackwater Elite have activated import Aaron Fuller as they aim for their first back-to-back wins in the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup when they clash with the Columbian Dyip on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Fuller, who played for NLEX the past two seasons, has been practicing with the Elite for the past week.

"Aaron will play (Friday). And we expect Aaron to provide inside presence for us because he can play down low," Blackwater coach Aris Dimaunahan told ESPN5 on Thursday.

Dimaunahan said Marqus Blakely was placed on the reserve list and will serve as standby import.

The 29-year-old Fuller missed the first three games of the season-ending conference after sustaining a grade 2 ankle sprain a month ago in practice.

The 2015 New Zealand NBL Scoring champion also missed Blackwater's stint in the 2019 East Asia Super League Terrific 12 as he underwent treatment on his ankle.

The Elite went 1-2 in the first three games of the Governors' Cup with Blakely, who submitted averages of 11.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 4.6 blocks.

Blackwater entered the win column last Saturday after beating NorthPort, 107-98, in Antipolo. The Elite dropped their first two games for the conference -- bowing to the TNT KaTropa, 135-107, followed by a narrow 115-109 defeat to NLEX.

Blackwater will face a Columbian side that is still reeling from a 125-120 loss to TNT last week.

The match will also feature an interesting subplot as Blackwater's Bobby Ray Parks and Columbian's CJ Perez -- two of the top rookies -- will face off for the first time this conference.