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Belo-Amer Trade Beneficial For Both Meralco, Blackwater

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The two-team, three-player trade that saw Rey Mark Belo moving to the Meralco Bolts and Baser Amer and Bryan Faundo transferring to Blackwater Elite was beneficial for both teams.

Bolts head coach Norman Black said the Elite will benefit from the veteran smarts of Amer and Faundo moving forward the same with how his team will have an added frontline depth in Belo.

“We believe this trade is beneficial to both teams, and will provide both players competitive environments to showcase their talents. As an organization, we remain committed to fair and exciting competition,” Black said in a statement.

“To gain something of value, you unfortunately must lose something of value as well. We thank Baser and Bryan, and we recognize all of their contributions. We wish them nothing but the best in their career,” he added

“We recruited Mark Belo because our front court is one of the areas where we need depth. We welcome him to the team and look forward to seeing his impact in our team,” he further said.

The 27-year-old Belo, a former Far Eastern University Tamaraws standout, had a solid showing for Blackwater last season where he averaged 11.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game.

The 28-year-old Amer, a former starting guard of the San Beda University Red Lions, averaged 9.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists in nine appearances for Meralco last season.

“I’ve been with Baser for a long time so it was difficult to come to this decision. He’s a valuable point guard and has been a big part of our team for the last 5 years. We are very, very thankful and grateful for his service,” Black said.

“We’re also thankful for Bryan’s service to the team. He’s been with us for five years and Bryan has been a really important part of the Bolts,” he added.