PBA: John Fields’ monster debut overshadowed by Columbian Dyip’s blowout loss

Santino Honasan on May 04, 2018 08:39 PM
Fields’ monster debut overshadowed by Columbian's big loss
“I felt good, I felt like coming into the PBA, I had to prove, this is my first time in Asia, I had to prove that I belong.”

In his first night suiting up for Columbian Dyip, import John Fields put up monster numbers, going for 39 points on 70-percent shooting and pulling down 16 boards.

In any other setting it would have been great way to introduce himself to the PBA, except that it came in a 31-point blowout loss against the Alaska Aces in the 2018 PBA Commissioners Cup tournament, Friday evening at the Araneta Coliseum.

“You always wanna win and play good on your debut but you just gotta throw it back, look at film, see what we could do better and bounce back for the next game.” said Fields post-game.

Other than getting blown out in his first time to play in Asia, the six-foot-nine Fields said he felt good out on the floor.

“I felt good, I felt like coming into the PBA, I had to prove, this is my first time in Asia, I had to prove that I belong.”

Having arrived only earlier this week after a stint with Greek basketball club Aries Triskalla, the 30-year old Virginia native admitted to still trying to get the hang of things with his new team.

“I was getting [adjusted] to the team, the team was getting adjusted to me, so we gotta tighten some stuff up when we take on Rain or Shine the next game.”

Fields put up 39 markers on 14-of-20, but adds that his free throw shooting left a lot to be desired after going 11-for-18 from the charity stripe.

“It’s an adjustment period, it could’ve been better, I struggled from the free throw line, I went eleven-for-something, so I’ll get at the free throw line, and then I’ll get better, efficient, know where my shots are coming from, and know how to play in the offense.”

Fields took the place of former Columbian Dyip reinforcement CJ Aiken, who was replaced after just three games.

Columbian Dyip Head Coach Ricky Dandan touched on getting an inside presence on offense and defense, and Fields was fully aware of what was needed of him.

“Coach wanted a certain player, a player that could put the ball in the basket from any angle, low post, drive and whatever,”

With regards to the loss, Fields added that it wasn’t an issue of chemistry with his new teammates, rather the inability to put the ball in the basket.

“ I feel like I didn’t disrupt the chemistry, I just felt like we didn’t come out and play good, we just didn’t shoot it good, we’ll bounce back next game.”

Fields and Columbian Dyip look to bounce back when they take on Rain or Shine on Wednesday, May 9th at the Mall of Asia Arena.     

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