TRISTAN Perez saw his stellar outing go for naught as Blustar Detergent fell prey to Cignal-San Beda, 109-79, in the PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup on Thursday.
On loan from Blackwater, Perez sizzled with 29 points to go with three rebounds in his first game for the Dragons but his output could not prevent the team from falling into a 0-4 hole.
Still, Perez is preaching patience. The former National University standout, who played just three minutes and grabbed a single rebound in his lone game in the PBA last December, believes the winless team composed of Malaysian cagers will find their groove in time.
"Medyo naga-adjust pa," said Perez, who was taken by the Elite in the third round of the 2016 PBA draft and has only been with the team for a week.
"Bawasan lang namin yung turnovers namin tsaka [ayusin] yung ibang little things like yung boxing out," he added.
Perez remains optimistic as the Dragons, who are also reinforced by another Filipino baller in Jason Melano, gun for their first win against a Jeron Teng-less AMA Online Education on Tuesday.
Teng is currently with the Mighty Sports which will lock horns in the Dubai Invitational on February 18.
"Sana makuha na namin yung panalo against AMA," said Perez.