PBA: We can’t give up, never –- Famous on 0-5 Blackwater
Mark Escarlote on May 11, 2018 10:56 PM
We still have six game into the season, anything can happen. We just have to keep working and keep pushing because we can’t give up, never -- Blackwater import Jarrid Famous
BINAN, Laguna –- Disappointed but not giving up.
Blackwater’s losing woes continued Friday after another stinging 91-105 defeat at the hands of Barangay Ginebra that buried the Elite deeper down the cellar of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
But despite a 0-5 win-loss record and an embarrassing blowout in front of a partisan crowd inside the Alonte Sports Arena here, import Jarrid Famous kept his hopes up for the limping Blackwater squad.
“No panic button,” a defiant Famous said. “We still have six games into the season, anything can happen. We just have to keep working and keep pushing because we can’t give up, never.”
“That’s not in my vocabulary, that’s not in my teammates' vocabulary,” he continued. “We’re just gonna keep playing to the end.”
Famous scored 25 points on 9-of-19 field goal shooting and grabbed 17 rebounds.
“We had productive six days of practice and we worked so hard to try to fix things and work on the things we need to work on,” said Famous. “We really felt good about this game, and felt that we could go out there and get that win based on our practice because we worked so hard and how we adjusted to the new system and the new things that we wanted to do.”
“But it didn’t work out so I’m disappointed.”
Roi Sumang started out hot with 14 points in the first half before fizzling out in the last two quarters with only four points. Mono Vampire recruit Paul Zamar scored 15 markers, 12 in the fourth quarter when the game was already out of hand, in his debut with the Elite, a week after a runner up finish in the ABL playing for the Thai club.
Blackwater still has six games to play and Famous remains optimistic that they can turn their campaign around.
“We have to do what we have to do and play as hard. We play six games and you never know, we could win six games, you’ll never know,” he said. “We just got to keep playing and keep working and stick together, that’s the main thing and let’s see what happens.”
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