After fine showing vs TNT, McCarthy hopes his ‘kill or be killed’ mentality rubs off on Kia teammates
“The best players bring out the best in me. I love the competition." -- Rashawn McCarthy
Rashawn McCarthy has been given more freedom, and more time on the court now that he’s in Kia after his limited role in the dynastic San Miguel Beermen in his rookie year.
While he’s not enjoying the same string of victories in Kia, McCarthy is looking at the silver lining of the move: actually producing for his squad, and having something to play for.
“I just need to get on the court, man. I’m confident in my ability, I can compete with any team,” he said. “It feels good to get out there and compete against the best guys in the league so I just wanna be able to compete on a high level just like those guys and be able to produce for my team.”
McCarthy led the Picanto with 21 points, on top of seven dimes and four rebounds in Kia’s narrow 90-85 loss to TNT Wednesday evening that saw them fall to a 1-6 slate.
Forward Jackson Corpuz had 17 markers, and was the only other player in double digits for Kia.
The 6th overall pick of the 2016 PBA draft stood toe-to-toe against Jayson Castro, one of the premier point guards of the league, who dropped 22 markers.
After being sent to Kia via the infamous trade that led San Miguel to take 2017 first overall pick Christian Standhardinger, McCarthy became mere fodder in the championship aspirations of San Miguel.
But don’t look now, the Filipino-American playmaker has been the steady presence for an otherwise forgettable season for Kia and his fine performance against Castro was his competitive side taking over.
“The best players bring out the best in me. I love the competition,” McCarthy bared post-game. “Kill or be killed.”
And while it appears that his aggressive mentality is paying off, giving him per-game averages of 16.4 points, 6 rebounds and nearly 5 assists, Kia still needs more of its players to follow his lead.
“I’ve been pretty consistent but we need a couple other guys to step up so that we can have the firepower but I like the way we played today, I’m proud of my guys, the way we competed,” McCarthy said. “I’m just happy I have an opportuntiy here with Kia, but it’s still not translated into wins so I’m disappointed in that.”