GAB Banal is glad to get back in action against a solid team, helping Go for Gold turn back Marinerong Pilipino on Monday in the D-League Foundation Cup in San Juan.
Banal missed two games as he attended a conference in Australia, and said facing a squad like the Skippers, his old club, was a great way to help him shake off the rust as the Scratchers prepare for the semifinals.
“It’s really a blessing na nakabalik kasi especially the top two teams, the contenders, Marinero and Che’Lu, so para matanggal lang yung rust ko. Buti nga may two games pa entering the semis so really, the timing is perfect,” said Banal
Banal had 13 points, seven rebounds and five steals against the team coached by his uncle Koy and dad Joel Banal.
“As usual, it feels awkward at first, but then you gotta be professional and just focus on the game. Not think about who you’re playing against. Treat the game the same way every time,” he stated.
The 6-foot-3 forward missed the Scratcher’s games against CEU and AMA.
“It feels good to be back playing the game that I love, especially coming off from two weeks in Australia; I had a conference to attend to. A little bit rusty, but I believe I did well,” the 27-year old said.
“The team won. That’s the most important thing. I think they have a chance to get to the top two semis so it’s a really big boost for us,” he continued.
“We’re just gonna continue to do the same thing, to push a bit harder ‘cause it’s in the semis. We’ll just remain focused on ourselves and not really relying on any other team, who do we want to play against or whatever. Just focus on ourselves, that’s the most important thing. “