JR Quiñahan didn’ttake long to fit in at NLEX and he looks to do the same with the national team for the Fiba 3x3 World Cup.
The veteran stretch big man showed how seamlessly he has fit in with Road Warriors under coach Yeng Guiao as he proved to be a steady presence in the team’s 100-92 win over Alaska in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday night.
“Kahit second game ko pa lang, yung sistema ni coach, nasa utak ko na yun eh,” Quiñahan, who Guiao handled at Rain or Shine and recruited in a trade from GlobalPort. “Kahit nasa ibang team ako, yung sistema pa rin niya yung pumapasok eh, kasi sa tagal na, buong career ko yata, nasa kanya ako.”
Quiñahan registered 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting, seven boards, four assists, and two blocks, without committing a single turnover in 26 minutes off the bench in the Road Warriors’ first win of the conference.
“Wala naman kaming ibang inisip kundi just to play lang, kasi ito na yung start namin for the next conference,” Quiñahan said. “Magpakita lang kami, okay na kay coach yun, basta makita niya na nagi-improve yung team. Okay yung ball movement namin.
“Problema lang na-foul trouble yung import namin, na-out pa, pero blessing in disguise siguro kasi nanalo pa kami,” he added.
What Quiñahan has shown at NLEX, he vowed to do with the 3x3 team where he teams up with top amateurs Kobe Paras, Kiefer Raven, and Jeron Teng.
“Every day (ang juggling act),” the 33-year-old big man said. “After ng practice namin (sa NLEX), minsan yung practice na 3-on-3 sa gabi. Para makapag-(jell) rin ako sa mga bata dun.”
Quiñahan is no stranger to the 3-on-3 format, having won a title in the Asian level, representing the country in the 2002 Adidas Streetball tournament back during his college days in Cebu.
“Hindi na bago yung 3-on-3,” the 6-foot-6 slotman said. “Siguro mas malalaki lang 'yung kalaban kasi world eh tapos ibang roles nila.”
“Baka may chance tayo o swertehin at makapag-champion ulit, kasi lahat ng 3-on-3 na sinalihan ko, champion ako lagi eh,” he concluded.