Racela gambles on Shaw


    NEW Blackwater coach Nash Racela has thrown the dice on Maurice Shaw by making the 6-foot-8 center the No. 2 overall pick in last Sunday’s PBA draft.

    It was a risk Racela was all too willing to make.

    “It’s a good gamble, ‘yung first round pick namin kay Maurice Shaw,” admitted Racela.

    “We took a gamble in getting him, him being 34 years old,” added Racela. “But we’ll see. It all depends on how he’ll play.”

    Racela admitted that it was hard to pass up on Shaw, the tallest among the 67 draft applicants who has a resume topped by being a former Harlem Globetrotter.

    “Yes, he was in big consideration for us. We think if we get a small guy or a guard in the first round, it doesn’t change much ‘yung composition ng team.”

    Indeed, majority of the applicants were backcourt men who could not help an Elite squad that already boasts of Mike Tolomia, Roi Sumang, Brian Heruela, Paul Desiderio, Diego Dario, Gelo Alolino and the veteran Mike Cortez.

    Shaw is sure to boost Blackwater’s frontcourt that only has Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Chris Javier and James Sena as centers.

    “Life is a gamble, so you have to take your chances. It’s not often that you see a 6-foot-8 guy entering the draft. We feel that if he gets in the right condition, he could make big contributions sa Blackwater,” said Racela.

    Shaw now looks to repay the team that took a gamble on him.

    “I’m glad that they accepted me like their own now. It feels good. They got an older veteran and I got young stars. Hopefully, we can come together and do great things for Blackwater,” said Shaw, while admitting he knows little of Racela and the entire Blackwater organization.

    “Not too much, but I already know pretty much what they want from me, and that’s to be aggressive, be a veteran, and go out there and be a monster out there,” declared Shaw.