Whatever his role, Cruz vows to keep clawing and contributing
YES MAN. Jervy Cruz will do whatever it takes to help Ginebra win another championship.
It has been nearly a decade since Jervy Cruz was recognized as the MVP in the UAAP.
And on the back of that win, the workhorse center was then taken fourth overall in the PBA Draft.
While Cruz has not dominated the pro ranks like he had the collegiate arena then, he has still managed to carve out for himself a lengthy career that is now on its eighth season.
And still, there are times, no matter how few and far between, when University of Sto. Tomas’ former King Tiger decides to show up.
One off those times was last Wednesday in Ginebra’s much-needed victory versus Star.
Reinvigorated by being on the first five for the second straight game, Cruz spearheaded the strong start for the Gin Kings while also delivering the knockout blow to the Hotshots.
The now 30-year-old had seven points in the first 18 minutes before his end-one with under 60 ticks to go put the finishing touches on Ginebra’s tying of the series at 2-2.
In the end, Cruz had a season-best 21 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists, one block, and one steal.
The big-time outing was a pleasant surprise, even for the once-UAAP MVP himself. “Nagulat din ako kasi ‘di naman ako nag-eexpect. Sabi ko nga, basta manalo lang kami at maka-contribute nang konti, masaya na ako,” he expressed post-game.
Whatever happens from here, Cruz said he will just continue to do whatever coach Tim Cone needs him to do. “Ang mentality ko lang naman talaga is maging aggressive sa loob ng court. Every time na ipapasok ako ni coach, gusto ko mag-contribute kahit konting minutes lang,” he said.
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