TNT reserve Levi Hernandez’s return to the D-League didn’t go as planned, but the 28-year old forward vowed to do better for Che’Lu Bar and Grill for the remainder of the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.
“Babawi ako next game. Gagawin ko yung best ko para makatulong din sa Che’Lu,” Hernandez said.
Having attended practice only twice, Hernandez struggled to find his way in his first game back in the developmental ranks, and the Revellers bowed to Marinerong Pilipino-TIP.
“Two days pa lang ako nag-practice para sa kanila at di ko pa agad alam yung sistema na nilalaro nila, kaya nag-aadjust pa ko,” he explained.
Hernandez was able to contribute nine points, two rebounds and an assist for the Revellers, but his unfamiliarity with the new team was evident as the team’s late rally fell short.
“Nawala kami sa depensa namin nung una eh kaya naka-abante agad yung Marinero,” he shared. “Nung second half, nandoon na kami eh. Nakabawi na kami pero wala pa rin. Siguro next game, bawi na lang kami.”
While he struggled in his D-League return, he is confident he can be of assistance to Che’Lu players the way TNT’s Ryan Reyes has been a big help to his development.
“Syempre yung ginagawa nila Ryan sa practice, parang naa-adapt mo rin eh. Yung ginagawa ni kuya Ryan na parang gusto ko, dapat ako rin maganda akong dumepensa. Syempre araw-araw mo sila nakakasama sa practice, kaya yung ginagawa nila, nakukuha mo din,” he said.
That’s what Hernandez is motivated to bring in this stint with the Revellers, which are eyeing not just a to the finals but to win the championship.
“Marami akong natutunan sa PBA, at yun ang gusto kong gawin ko dito. Yung offense kasi given na yun eh, pero yung defense talaga ang kailangan namin kasi yun lagi ang sinasabi sa amin ni coach,” he said. With Gillian Geronimo