PBA: Hotshots import Wayne Chism enjoyed playing against former team NLEX
Santino Honasan on Jul 04, 2018 10:06 PM
"It was a good game, I enjoyed myself out there today, especially against Coach Yeng and my former teammates."
Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena, Wayne Chism made his return to the PBA, suiting up for the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok.
Making Chism's conference debut more interesting was that he went up against his former team in the NLEX Road Warriors.
Already their fourth reinforcement this conference after Vernon Macklin, Curtis Kelly, and Justin Jackson all came and went, the playoff-chasing Magnolia now pin their hopes on the 6-foot-9 former Best Import.
And he delivered.
In his first game back, Chism put up 27 points to go with eight rebounds, four assists, three blocks, and two steals, leading the Hotshots to a 116-89 win over the Road Warriors.
Not bad for someone who's still adjusting to a new system.
For the 31-year old however, playing against his former mentor in Coach Yeng Guiao was the most enjoyable part of his return.
"It was a good game, I enjoyed myself out there today, especially against Coach Yeng and my former teammates." Chism said after the win.
Chism played with for NLEX in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
"It's always feelings with Coach, I mean we've been together for a while and this is the first time I'm playing against him and against his team. It was very tough to start off, 'cause I know Coach know me and what my tendencies are, so I had to adjust real quick." Chism added. "Other than that, I'm very happy I played against him just to see how it is on the other side. It was fun, I really enjoyed it."
It also took a while for Chism to adjust to playing against his former teammates, jokingly saying that he wanted to assist them, but obviously couldn't.
"Everybody misses each other, I missed 'em too, but playing against 'em, being on the opposite side, it was very challenging 'cause I wanted to pass 'em the ball, but I couldn't."
"Other than that, it was very good to be out there with them and share the game with them again." Chism added.
As far as the win, which was important for the Hotshots as they continue to push for a spot in the playoffs, Chism said that it was about building confidence, more than anything.
"It was very important, today's game, to get my teammates' confidence up, and show 'em that we can win games and we can get them back and get them more confidence and get them back on the winning track."
Magnolia closes out the elimination round against defending champions San Miguel on Saturday, July 7th at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.