TNT Ka-Tropa has nothing but gratitude for Lou Amundson, who coach Nash Racela called as the ‘good substitute’ in the Texters’ campaign in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The 10-year NBA veteran led TNT to a 134-109 rout of Phoenix on Sunday night before giving way to Donte Greene, the team’s first choice to replace Denzel Bowles before the tournament began.
Racela explained Amundson was just given a two-week contract as a stand-in for Greene, who was still processing his papers to play in the country.
The 6-8 Amundson finished with 20 points and eight rebounds but looked a whole lot better than he did on Friday in a loss to Meralco.
When he was finally taken off midway through the fourth period, Amundson was greeted with a standing ovation from teammates appreciative of what he’s done for TNT in two games.
With the way Amundson performed, Racela is confident the journeyman will soon find a home elsewhere as he finally get a grasp of being an import overseas after playing as a role player for 11 NBA teams.
The final scoreboard result:
Talk N Text 134 – Amundson 20, De Ocampo 18, Rosario 18, Pogoy 17, Tautuaa 14, Williams 12, Castro, 10 Reyes 10, Carey6, Rosales 3, Hernadez 3, Fonacier 3, Rosser 0,
Phoenix 109 – McKay 31, Bagiuo 17, Kramer 12, Dehesa 12, Jazul 11, Intal 8, Viernes 6, Miranda 5, W. Wilson 5, Alolino 2, Torres 0,
Quarterscores: 30-31, 48-59, 75-100, 109-134.