Former Malaysia Dragon import Tiras Wade is excited to be reunited with head coach Ariel Vanguardia when the plays for the iECO Green Warriors in the Asia League Terrific 12 tournament in Macau.

Wade will replace Richard Howell, who suffered a knee and ankle injury during the Philippine squad’s opening day loss against the Ryukyu Golden Kings. He was supposed to fill in for the team’s other import Sam Logwood, after the former University of New Mexico standout acquired a foodborne illness back in Manila.

“It is a rare chance and a blessing to lace them up with my former coach and someone I consider a friend in A.V.,” shared Wade. “I will also enjoy the stage that I get to play on again since my last year playing during the 2016-17 season in Japan.”

Wade played one season Malaysia Dragons in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), leading them to their first franchise playoff win back in 2012. He is also a one-time import in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) when he suited up for the TNT Katropa back in 2009.

Vanguardia debunks worries about the 37-year-old Wade’s fitness and ability to play at a high level after last appearing for the Saitama Broncos in the Division 3 of Japan’s B.League in 2017.

“Tiras is in great shape, he has been playing in tournaments in China,” said Vanguardia. “He’s been in Guangzhou for the last two years. He is a killer, so I know he will kill out there.”

The iECO Green will try to salvage a win in the final day of group stage competition when they face off against Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) quarterfinalists Xinjiang Flying Tigers tonight at 7:00 PM at the Studio City Events Center in Macau, SAR.

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