The Phoenix Fuel Masters bolstered their back court in two separate deals.
The first one, announced last January 16 was a deal that shipped out Ron Dennison in exchange for Brian Heruela from the Blackwater Elite.
Dennison played only five games in the Governors’ Cup and logged in less than five minutes per contest. He rejoins his former coach in college, Nash Racela where he looks to get significant minutes as part of the Elite next season.
As for the Fuel Masters, they add Heruela, a key player for both the Elite and the TNT KaTropa last season. The numbers may not reflect it but Heruela fills in a need for the Elite. He’s a big, stocky guard who can run the team’s offense and play bulldog defense against the best wing player of the opposing team.
The other trade announced earlier today was a move by the Fuel Masters to acquire veteran combo guard Sol Mercado from the NorthPort Batang Pier. The Fuel Masters shipped away LA Revilla and Rey Guevarra to complete the deal.
Mercado suffered several injuries in the Governors’ Cup, including a major ankle injury during the Quarterfinals. But he was a guiding presence for the resurgent Batang Pier after superstar guard Robert Bolick went down with an injury.
Mercado will bring the same leadership to the Fuel Masters. In addition to that, he will bring a scoring and playmaking ability that will compliment Phoenix’s best player, Matthew Wright. Mercado will join Heruela, RJ Jazul and RR Garcia to complete a solid back court rotation for the Fuel Masters.
As for the Batang Pier, they get a couple of wing options which they can trot out while waiting for Bolick to return from injury. Revilla has proven to be a solid point guard off the bench. He can pair up with Nico Elorde as the playmaking duo of NorthPort for the start of next season.