PBA: RoS rookie Mocon ‘never stops working’ to a double-double

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 01, 2019 11:01 PM
RoS rookie Mocon ‘never stops working’ to a double-double
Javee Mocon has only been opening eyes in his first four game for Rain or Shine.

ANTIPOLO – Rain or Shine had the sixth overall pick in the 2018 PBA Draft.

By then, the consensus top three draftees in CJ Perez, Ray Parks Jr., and Robert Bolick were long gone.

After them followed Paul Desiderio and Trevis Jackson.

And so, the Elasto Painters went with Javee Mocon – not as shiny as those five, but nonetheless as solid a gem as there was in the rookie selection process.

Four games into his rookie season, he has wasted no time in proving just that, averaging 11.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists.

Mocon’s most impressive outing came in their big-time takedown of four-time defending champion San Miguel on Friday in Antipolo’s Ynares Center.

Posting an 18-point, 17-rebound double-double in just 29 minutes of play, he was an impressive plus-18. “Hats off to Javee Mocon. He played his best game as a rookie,” head coach Caloy Garcia said, nothing but satisfied.

Without a doubt, the former San Beda University standout got those numbers because he worked for those numbers. “He never stops working. That’s the nice thing about the kid,” coach Caloy said.

That was no more evident than the rebounds Mocon hauled in – up against the Beermen’s formidable frontline of June Mar Fajardo, Kelly Nabong, and Christian Standhardinger, no less. “Yung bigs din kasi namin, they worked really hard boxing out. Sa akin naman, I just had to go in there and get the rebounds,” he said.

That was also very much apparent in his newly unholstered weapon – the three-pointer which he made good on in three out of eight tries. “Actually, may dalawang air ball pa nga ako so I’m still working on it. Kailangan ko pang practice-in talaga yun,” he said.

When he does master that shot, the Rain or Shine rookie may very well put regret on the teams that passed on him.

For his part, though, the draft is already far from his mind. “Wala sa akin yun. Kahit pang-sixth pick ako, it was a blessing in disguise kasi napunta ako sa Rain or Shine,” he said.

He then continued, “Kahit na-draft ako ng fourth or what, I’m just gonna prove to them that I’m going to be one of the best players dito sa league in the future.”

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