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Fazekas out, McDonald in as Petron import

The Petron Blaze Boosters are tapping Will McDonald as its new reinforcement to replace Nick Fazekas in hope of saving their slumping stint in the ongoing PBA Commissioner’s Cup. 

A highly-placed source from the team told InterAKTV that McDonald is scheduled to arrive in the country on Sunday, which will give him enough time to get familiar with the team’s system. The Boosters are playing on Wednesday against the unpredictable Barako Bull Energy.

“He will be here on Sunday coming from Spain,” said the source.

Fazekas put up impressive numbers, but the Boosters are coming off back-to-back setbacks that dropped them into a tie with the Meralco Bolts at sixth to seventh places.

Team consultant Rajko Toroman confirmed that Fazekas still attended Saturday’s practice, although he admitted that McDonald might take their original import’s spot on Wednesday.  

In his Twitter account, Fazekas confirmed that he was “cut by Petron.”

“Well #petroniverse…I wanna thank y’all for all the love but my time is up!! Good luck to the team the rest of the way,” posted Fazekas.”I got cut. 31 and 20 weren’t good enough for these guys.”  

McDonald played until the latter stretch of February with his Chinese team Fujian where he averaged 27.6 points and 9.9 rebounds,  went to Spain at the end of his CBA campaign in a bid to ink a deal with an ACB squad, but failed to do so. Instead, he was able to agree on a pact with a Boosters squad badly needing a win to save its Commissioner’s Cup stint.

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