SINGAPORE — Josh Urbiztondo is starting to feel at home in this island nation and enjoying his time in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) with the Slingers.
Playing away from home for the first time after eight seasons in the PBA, the 34-year-old Fil-American guard said he has finally adjusted to his new environment, even if it means being away from family.
“It’s an adjustment,” said Urbiztondo, who last played for GlobalPort in the Philippine Cup. “I played in the PBA for eight years. I get accustomed to the same thing every year.”
“Being here, travelling to the games, and being in different countries, it’s a big adjustment but nothing I can't handle. I have to be professional about it.”
Urbiztondo said his Slingers teammates have made the transition easier.
“Singapore is a beautiful place and the guys brought me under their wings, welcoming me. They are very nice and that makes the transition easy,” said the Slingers' Asean import.
On Sunday, the journeyman guard found two reasons to celebrate as he played quality minutes in the Slingers' 77-67 win over Alab Pilipinas, scoring eight points.
“I’m happy to get the win. It’s always important to get the first win in a best-of-three series and take that first win especially at home. Individually, it doesn’t matter. The most important to me is the team win,” said Urbiztondo.
Making the win even more special was the presence of his family, who came from Manila to see him play.
“They came here and they are my inspiration tonight,” said Urbiztondo.