JASON Perkins has yet to be in tip-top form but already made significant contributions in Cignal-San Beda's 88-74 win over Cafe France on Monday.
Still recovering from a leg and back injury, Perkins finished with 14 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting from the field for the Hawkeyes, who pulled the rug from under pre-tournament favorites Bakers.
"I feel good. I can't jump as high as I would like to. It feels pretty good, I'm walking okay," he said.
The former La Salle forward noted that he's still trying to get the hang of playing with his new teammates who are mostly from NCAA champion San Beda, and so far the transition to coach Boyet Fernandez’s sytem has been smooth.
"I like the way coach Boyet runs his offense as well as his defense. Also, it's a great group of guys. Very unselfish," he said.
Perkins, almost joined San Beda in college. He was already undergoing residency with the Red Lions before ultimately deciding to join La Salle in the UAAP.
But he looks back with no regrets, relishing the opportunity to play with the Red Lions core in the D-League.
"I get a laugh at it at how ironic it is but I can't regret two championships, just can't turn that down," said Perkins. "At least, it's the best of both worlds. It's pretty ironic to end up here and playing with these guys."
"It's nice to know that if I had gone to San Beda, it would've been a good decision too since I could've won four championships," he added.