PBA: Nash satisfied with new import's performance in debut
Philip Matel on Aug 24, 2018 08:51 PM
Nash Racela said that Stacy Davis' bad shooting night was understandable since he did not have enough time for his body to recover from the flight.
Despite just arriving yesterday, debuting TNT import Stacy Davis passed the first hurdle for coach Nash Racela in their loss against the Blackwater Elite.
In his first game donning the flagship franchise's jersey, Davis scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in 40 minutes of action but gave away the ball six times and shot only 9/26 from the field.
For Racela, it was a satisfying effort for the Pepperdine product, who replaced previous import Mike Glover, who only played one game before getting the boot.
"It's not really easy for him. He traveled 22 hours. From the moment he arrived yesterday, 6am he went to fulfill the requirements ng mga medical. He then went to practice, so from the airport to Makati to practice, 12-2, then went to the PBA office for measurement. so, hindi talaga madali for him. I'm sure he'll get better as he plays more," the coach said after the game
Racela added that his bad shooting night was understandable since he did not have enough time for his body to recover from the flight.
When asked if Davis would also get the pink slip after this one, the former FEU coach emphatically denied it. "Hindi naman kami pwedeng every game magpalit ng import. I think it's not the right thing to do."
Meanwhile for the 23-year old import, he rued that the team blew a late four-point lead before collapsing in overtime for the first-ever win by the Elite against the KaTropa in franchise history.
"[I]t happens. I think that we did a good job playing as a team, especially with me only having one practice. I think that's something we can build off of. I think if that was the start that we had, losing a close game like that, I think that's a positive to look at," the 6'5 import said.
As they face Alaska on Sunday, both hope a more productive effort will stem from the team, since they are staring at a 1-2 record to start the 11-game conference.
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