Meralco in no hurry to draw big numbers from Stephenson
Paul Lintag on Mar 18, 2017 06:47 AM
"We got a good win. I got to find my touch around the basket but it was a good game. Glad we won." --- Alex Stephenson.
Meralco has been quite lucky in selecting imports as of late.
In fact, the Bolts' last two selections were named the best in their respective conference.
With Meralco parading a new reinforcement in Alex Stephenson for the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup, expectations are naturally high for the hulking import.
Stephenson's debut went exactly as planned for the most part as the Bolts got the win. However, he only managed 11 points on 5-of-14 shooting.
The 29-year-old former NBA player with the Memphis Grizzlies did grab 21 rebounds, anchoring the Meralco up front, so that's always good.
"We still have a lot to work on," Stephenson said after Meralco's 94-86 win over Mahindra to start the mid-season tournament.
"We got a good win. I got to find my touch around the basket but it was a good game. Glad we won," he added.
Despite a not-so-impressive offensive outing, head coach Norman Black is in no hurry incorporating Stephenson to their system.
After all, his import practically solves all of the Bolts' most glaring lineup needs. Stephenson should have a longer leash throughout the conference.
"Until we can get Stephenson is tip-top shape, it helps that his teammates like him and he's a big guy but he's a jolly guy. They [locals] want to see him do well," Black said.
"They want him to stay so they're playing well for him and as long as we keep doing doing that hopefully we can have some success this conference," he added.
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