Walker helps stengthen DiGregorio's "Mamba Mentality"
Paul Lintag on Aug 06, 2017 08:46 PM
Henry Walker and Mike DiGregorio combined for 60 points in Blackwater's first win in the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup.
Mike DiGregorio is already pretty confident about himself on the basketball court.
However, with a vocal leader coming in in the form of import Henry Walker, the gutsy Blackwater shooter believes his and the Elite's overall game will reach a whole new level.
"I was saying after the game, with Henry here, he brings a different energy," DiGregorio said after Blackwater finally got its first win in the Governors' Cup at the expense of Phoenix Sunday.
"He brings confidence. He's vocal. If you're not doing what you're supposed to be doing, he's gonna let you know about it. Which is good because we need to hold people accountable," he added.
Walker's arrival seemed to bring out the best in DiGregorio as th former fourt-round pick exploded for 28 points against the Fuel Masters with 10 coming in the fourth quarter as Blackwater engaged Phoenix in a close outing.
But more than Walker's presence, DiGregorio maintains that it's still about mastering the mental game that has been key to his solid play for Blackwater, the team that picked him up as a free agent last conference.
"I'm a big Kobe Bryant fan, Mamba Mentality. It's mental, you know what I mean?" he said.
"You keep telling yourself, you start to believe it. It's mental. I worked so hard for this. Since I've been to Blackwater, you guys seen, my play has skyrocketed. I’m grateful to Blackwater, the management, for giving me this opportunity and I try to take advantage of it," DiGregorio added.
With the Elite's confidence starting to pick up, DiGregorio hopes that they can channel that to more wins, especially with Walker around.
"We have more practice to get familiar with him and keep building positive habits, hold people accountable, and if we build off of this, I believe will lead to more wins," he said.
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