THE M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños has brought in an import for their two friendly matches against the Smart-Gilas Pilipinas national team on March 4 and 5 at the Cebu Coliseum.
“We are in dire need for a big man to help us compete with the tall Gilas team. That is why when I asked Danny Espiritu (basketball talent agent) if Dixon is available, I
was able to talk to him and asked him to come to Cebu and play a couple of games for us,” Alcoseba said.
The 6’9” Dixon played for the US NCAA Division 1 team University of Virginia and for the the Coca Cola Tigers in the PBA reinforced conference in 2008.
Dixon, who was presented to the local media during their scrimmage yesterday, helped the Philippine Patriots win the first Asean Basketball League title by sweeping Satria Muda of Indonesia.
“I’m an all-around player. I can give the team the needed points inside. I can provide more rebounds and defense at the shaded lane,” Dixon said.
Dixon was only one of two imports and his partner, Gabe Freeman, has also shown interest to play for the Niños.
“Freeman wanted to come and play also but I wanted to give local players their playing time so I did not hire Freeman. Dixon is the right player, because we need the height to put up a fight against the taller Gilas players,” said Alcoseba.
Aside from Gilas, the Niños are set to play two PBA teams—the Talk ‘N Text Phone Pals and the Barangay Ginebra Kings—and Dixon is expected to see action in all four.
The Phone Pals will play the Niños on March 12 and 13, while the Kings’ turn will be on March 15 and 16.