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Omar Sneed to replace McCants as Powerade import

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After losing two in a row in a short PBA Governors’ Cup tournament, Powerade has just pushed the panic button.

The Tigers decided to give Rashad McCants the pink slip and bring in replacement Omar Sneed.

Powerade head coach Bo Perasol confirmed the news to InterAKTV on Monday night.

“We’re bringing in Omar Sneed. He will leave tonight and is expected to arrive tomorrow night,” Perasol said in a telephone interview.

The Tigers’ next game will be on Friday – against the rejuvenated Alaska Aces – enough time for the 35-year-old veteran international campaigner to adjust to the team’s system and get himself acclimatized.

McCants, an NBA veteran, failed to live up to the team’s expectations as the Tigers lost their first two games and fell to the bottom of the standings. His last game wasn’t that bad as he finished with 23 points, including five triples, but his team lost to the Barako Bull Energy, 106-101. He scored 27 points in his debut against Petron Blaze.

Sneed, listed 6-foot-6 in the United States, is coming off stints in Turkey and Uruguay, where he posted decent numbers. He averaged 16.9 points and 6.7 rebounds while playing for Turkish team Mersin. In Uruguay, he only played for three games, but averaged 17 points and nine rebounds.

In the 2005-06 season, the Jerusalem Post selected Sneed as the BSL Most Valuable Player of the Year after leading the Maccabi Rishon in the Israel League to the Final Four. He had averages of 18.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.

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