BEN Adamos felt weird being on the opposing side of his former Red Lion teammates, all the more seeing them in blue with Metropac-San Beda.
But the 6-foot-6 bruiser made it clear that he holds no ill feelings towards his former teammates now that he's with Perpetual.
"Masaya nga eh. Niloloko ko nga sila sa court kanina. Sabi ko, 'Paano ba yan, nakakashoot ako sa ilalim.' Tinatapik-tapik ko siya," he shared with a chuckle as he playfully taunted Donald Tankoua all game long on Thursday.
As happy as he with the reunion, Adamos means business in this new chapter with the Altas.
Priming for an opportunity since being buried in the deep San Beda bench, the 22-year-old left the Red Lions lair early in 2018 before finding his way to Las Pinas.
And after a year of inactivity, Adamos is ready to remind everyone just what he can bring to the table.
"Laging sinasabi sa akin ni coach Frankie (Lim) ngayong taon na talagang dapat maipakita ko sa iba na magawa lahat ng kaya kong gawin. Kasi nung sa San Beda ako, limited lang ang ginagawa ko. So nung napunta ako sa Perps, kailangan ko talagang i-push yung sarili ko," he said.
He did so in Perpetual's first game in the 2019 PBA D-League as he fired 16 points, three rebounds and two blocks in his first game for the maroon-and-gold.
Unfortunately, that ended up in a loss as Metropac-San Beda took the 85-75 triumph, one which served as an eye-opener for Adamos and company.
"Kulang pa yung Perps para sa league na ito. Parang hindi pa kami masyadong nakapaghanda. Kailangan naming mailabas yung mga tinuturo sa amin ni coach Frankie. May mga plays naman na nagagawa namin, pero syempre bagong liga ito kaya lahat bago. Nagkakapaan pa rin kami," he said.
Poised to be the last line of defense for the Altas, the pressure is on Adamos to make up for the big shoes left by last year's starting center and NCAA MVP Prince Eze.
Yet he's not really putting too much on himself as his main goal is to always do his best to help Perpetual rise.
"Ang sinabi lang ni coach sa akin is tulungan ko yung team. Lahat kami pantay-pantay dito," he said.
But for now, the Altas still have ways to go before getting back to their Final Four form.
"Madami pa kaming dapat ayusin. Yung resulta ngayon, kita naman talo kami individually. Kailangan naming ayusin lahat yun," said Adamos.