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In a tune-up game against former team Converge, the PBA will hear Cariaso’s perspective; Stephen Holt has finally arrived in Manila after signing a two-year contract with Terrafirma

Oct 9, 2023

The PBA will speak with Blackwater coach Jeff Cariaso over an incident during a practice game versus Converge that has gone viral on social media.

Deputy Commissioner Eric Castro stated that the league will meet with Cariaso next week to gain his perspective on the footage, which showed him approaching the court and stopping play by holding on to Aljun Melecio while the Converge guard dribbled downcourt.

Cariaso appeared to be irritated by a missed call in the previous Blackwater offensive play.

Cariaso was Converge’s first head coach after the company purchased the Alaska club. Aldin Ayo replaced him after only one conference in August 2022, before taking over at Blackwater in the offseason in April.

Meanwhile, Stephen Holt has signed a two-year contract with Terrafirma and will travel to Manila to help the team prepare for the next PBA season.

Bobby Rosales, team governor, verified the news.

The 31-year-old Holt, regarded as the most promising player in the draft based on his credentials, did not attend the Market festivities. Terrafirma chose him first overall in Taguig last September 17.

Holt, a Saint Mary’s NCAA Division I graduate, spent the 2014-2015 season with the Canton Charge in the NBA G League, as well as two visits with the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA Summer League.

Holt went on to play in Australia and Europe, most notably with the CSM U Oradea in Romania, before gaining a Philippine passport and entering the PBA draft.

Holt, who stands 6-foot-4, said he turned down offers from Europe in order to play in the PBA.

Hearing his name called for the first time all the way from his hometown of Portland, Oregon, the 31-year-old Fil-Am veteran said playing in the PBA has always been a career goal of his.

Playing in the PBA is definitely one of his career goals. The no.1 pick said.

The 6-foot-4 guard explained how he jumped at the chance to obtain a Philippine passport when it became available in June, even if it meant turning down offers from European teams.

He became qualified after the PBA reduced the draft age limit of 30.

Holt, who has played as an import in six nations and won a Czech Republic National Basketball League (NBL) title before coming to the Philippines, discussed what he will bring to the table as the newest Dyip cager.

Holt, who will make his PBA debut on November 5, was previously an All-Second Team member in the Australian NBL and had brief experiences in both the NBA G-League and the NBA Summer League.

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