We now move to the quarterfinals of the PBA Imports Fantasy Tournament, where we picked 24 imports from across eras and grouped them into two brackets, with eight seeded directly into the second round. The remaining 16 will duke it out in our online polls. Our writers will preview each match-up, and you get to vote for the winner here and on One Sports PH's Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.
In our big man import bracket, both Denzel Bowles and Terquin Mott barreled into the next round with convincing victories over Jerald Honeycutt and Cyrus Mann, respectively. Bowles garnered 71 percent of the votes against Honeycutt in our fan-driven PBA Imports Fantasy Tournament, while Mott drew 77 percent against Mann.
Now Bowles and Mott match up in the next round, with the former San Miguel Beermen Best Import looking like the prohibitive underdog in this pairing.
Bowles' relatively recent success is a big factor, with "Monster" Bowles' clutch free throws at the end of regulation in Game 7 of the 2012 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals still vivid in Purefoods' fans memories. Meanwhile San Miguel supporters would recall just how effective and efficient Mott was every time he was called to duty.
In reality though, a one-on-one contest between Bowles and Mott would prove interesting. The intimidating Mott could give Bowles everything he could handle with his active play and efficient scoring. While the former B-Meg champion could use every bit of his length advantage on both ends of the floor to put Mott away.
Despite being the taller and longer man, Bowles will have trouble dealing with Mott's physical build. Mott's intensity and burly frame could cause Bowles trouble down low, but he will have to navigate around his opponent's lengthy defensive tools.
While both players will undoubtedly attempt to muscle their way inside, the matchup between the two competitors could be settled at the mid-range. Mott has shown his ability to drain mid-ranged jumpers, while Bowles has displayed the talent to be reliable from that distance. It wouldn't be shocking to see the most decisive basket in the matchup be a mid-ranged jumper at the elbow.
Defensively, Bowles has to use his length and smarts against Mott's industry, while the former San Miguel reinforcement would have to force Bowles to rely on his jumper and negate the height disadvantage inside the paint. Again, Mott's activity level should cause Bowles problems on the defense.
The onus would also be on Mott to ensure that he plays efficiently on the offensive end, especially since Bowles is known to use length to sniff out rebounds and would take away second chance opportunities. Still, if Mott can find ways to beat Bowles off the dribble and find use momentum to finish strong at the cup then he would be difficult to stop.
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