RASHAWN McCarthy had no regrets in returning to a struggling AMA Online Education Titans from a strong Racal squad, as he felt it was a risky move that would benefit him in the long run.
“It’s a gamble, but at the end of the day, I just felt I needed to get more experience playing on the court,” said McCarthy, who admitted that he's still adjusting to the Philippines' style of play.
“I felt that in order to improve on my game, I need to be on the court. Even though I’m on one of the bottom teams, I’m able to play and learn," he added.
The 26-year-old Fil-Am guard, whose mother hails from La Union, played scant minutes for the loaded Racal side that parades the likes of Jonathan Grey, Robby Celiz, and Raphael Banal.
In AMA, however, McCarthy has all the playing time he needs to improve his performance as well as showcase his skills.
“Racal is a very strong team so opportunities there are very limited,” he said.
His gamble has gradually been paying off. In fact, McCarthy steered the Titans to their first victory at the expense of the Blustar-KL Dragons, 81-78, in their PBA D-League Foundation Cup encounter on Monday.
Against the Dragons, McCarthy shone the brightest and erupted with 20 points, five rebounds, and six assists.
“We wanted to get our first win. Blustar is at the bottom just like us, they’re hungry and they got a win already. I’m happy we won today,” he said.