PBA: Setting career-high 'doesn't really matter' for Jason Perkins
Philip Matel on Feb 10, 2019 08:26 PM
Jason Perkins scored 13 markers in the payoff period and the extra five minutes for coach Louie Alas' squad.
After setting a career-high in points, Phoenix Fuel Master forward Jason Perkins chose to shrug it off after his team got their first loss of the PBA Philippine Cup against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
'The Hefty Lefty,' as he is known from his collegiate days at De La Salle, had an efficient day from the field, tallying 27 points on a scintillating 13/20 shooting clip, including the game-tying layup that forced overtime.
Furthermore, he was big down the stretch, scoring 13 markers in the payoff period and the extra five minutes for coach Louie Alas' squad.
"It doesn't really matter. At the end of the day, it's all wins and losses. We lost, and we're going to learn from it," said the reigning PBA Rookie of the Year.
He also added that the final play of regulation was not really intended for him, but found its way to his hands after Matthew Wright returned the favor off a handoff pass, which led to the give-and-go.
The shot was also spectacular in itself, as he contorted in mid-air over the outstretched arms of Raymond Almazan, and was able to tie things up 87 under 13 seconds left.
For Alas, he was very much impressed with the stretch four's efficiency, which netted him a +22 even though he played for almost 41 minutes.
"We just have to ano, keep on improving kasi siya naman yung pinakamasipag diyan eh," Alas said.
The mentor also furthered that he had long been a fan of the then-Green Archer's game, seeing him in action at the Merlion Cup a couple of years ago, which solidified his decision at picking him up at fourth overall in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.
"...[G]rabe, almost double-double against imports sa Singapore. Kaya wala akong inisip na i-pick nun, i-draft nun kundi siya talaga."
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