Blackwater import Eric Dawson keeps faith on Imad Qahwash despite struggling v Ginebra

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Despite seeing Palestinian guard Imad Qahwash struggle for the second straight game, Blackwater’s American import Eric Dawson believes the Elite’s Asian reinforcement will be able to adjust soon to the PBA brand of play.

On Wednesday, the Palestinian playmaker was a non-factor again as Blackwater bowed to crowd-favorite Barangay Ginebra, 107-95.

Two weeks back, the six-foot Qahwash went scoreless in his PBA debut against Rain or Shine, just a day after arriving from a basketball camp in China. Qahwash vowed to make up for his woeful PBA debut, but against Ginebra, he went 0-of-5 in a 15-minute exposure.

He managed to make both of his foul shots when the game was beyond doubt for his first pair of points in the PBA.

“It’s tough for him,” admitted Dawson, whose 26 points went down the drain as Blackwater fell to 1-3 in the standings.

As a veteran, the 32-year old Texas native felt he needs to be a positive voice as he helps Qahwash overcome the challenges of adjusting to the PBA.

“As an older guy, I stay in his ear and try to keep him positive and tell him we got another game and don’t hang your head and don’t get down and the game will come to you’,” added the former NBA D-League Impact Player of the Year.

In the coming games, Dawson expects Qahwash to be able to adjust to the Philippine style of basketball and eventally show his worth.

“I know he’s going to produce more,” said Dawson, who first played in the PBA via the Meralco Bolts in the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup.

“He’s a professional athlete. He understands the game. It’s new to him. But he can adjust and I expect him to adjust.”

Qahwash is best remembered for playing a key role in Palestine’s famous 75-73 upset win over Gilas Pilipinas in last year’s FIBA Asia men’s championships in Changsa, China. – Jason Mercene

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