Jose oozes with excitement in first PBA game

Philip Matel on Dec 22, 2017 08:32 PM
Jose oozes with excitement in first PBA game
The 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup MVP, who stood tall against worthy competition, was like a child, beaming as he played against the PBA players who he just saw on television as a youngster.

Despite a solid debut of 16 points and six rebounds, Raymar Jose admitted that his excitement may have gotten the best out of him in his very first game as a professional.

The 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup MVP, who stood tall against worthy competition, was like a child, beaming as he played against the PBA players who he just saw on television as a youngster. 

In his first game, Jose shot a 5/11 clip in 21 minutes of action as Blackwater Elite coach Leo Isaac gave him the green light to start his inaugural game.

“Ready lang ako sa mga pinapagawa nya, mga play namin. Unang pasok ko, medyo excited, medyo nagaadjust pa ako,” Jose said. “Hopefully next game namin makaadjust na ako.”

When Isaac fielded a young but promising frontcourt trio of JP Erram, Mac Belo, and Jose, that was instrumental in the 22-6 run that helped Blackwater come back to within three, the rookie saw potential. 

Jose though knows there still needs to be a lot of time to properly jell. “Kulang pa. Wala pa kaming pinapakita. Sana yung team namin, mas maging isa kami at maimprove namin lahat.”

As he dawns on a new chapter in his playing career, the former FEU slot man will only look at the positive side for the rest of his rookie season, and will be ready once Isaac asks for his number.

“Ako naman, always positive ako sa laro ko. Sanay ako dyan. Nasa isip ko, pag pinasok ako, ready lang ako. Kung anong gusto ni coach, sundin ko lang talaga.”

Jose knows that as a rookie, there will be big expectations hanging on his wide shoulders. “Yung mga nakakalaban ko, beterano sila. Kailangan talaga magadjust ako. Bawal magrelax. Konting ano lang, wala ka na kaya kailangan iimprove sarili ko.”


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