RAYMAR Jose saved his best for last in what could possibly be his final game for Cignal in the ongoing PBA D-League Foundation Cup.
Jose played like a man possessed as he spearheaded Cignal's attack with 24 points and 11 rebounds in an 87-64 rout of Marinerong Pilipino, which enabled the Hawkeyes to secure the first finals berth.
The lefty forward admitted later it was his way of making up for missing some of Cignal's practice sessions as he trains for the national team bound for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games.
"Para sakin binigay ko yung best ko kasi nahiya ako sa kanila e. Di ako nakakapunta sa practice kasi siyempre kailangan ko pumunta sa Gilas, kaya dito ko lang binibigay yung best ko," said Jose shortly after the match at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
With the Kuala Lumpur spectacle unfolding less than a week from now, Jose is in danger of missing Game One of the finals.
Gilas leaves for Malaysia on Friday, while the schedule of the finale will be determined only after the other semifinal duel between Flying V and Centro Escolar University. It's still uncertain whether the former Far Eastern University cager can play for the Hawkeyes or not even with the finals schedule still undetermined.
"Game-to-game basis siya," said Cignal coach Boyet Fernandez.
But if he would have it his way, Jose would love to play at least in the opener before helping the national team in its title-defense in the region's basketball meet.
"Para sakin kasi siyempre yun lang gusto ko, pag alis ko rito [sa D-League], mag-champion," said Jose.