IT will take time but Brian Heruela believes Blackwater is just going to get better as the PBA season wears on.
The Cebuano point guard emphasized the Elite’s need to put in the work and build on their cohesion, something which teams like multi-titled Talk 'N Text have leaned on through the years.
“Maybe because we’re a new team with a lot of new parts, that’s why we didn’t do so well,” noted Heruela as he reflected on Blackwater’s woeful 0-11 record in its maiden conference in Asia’s pioneering pro league.
“But we really have to put in the work, get to know each other a lot better, and establish that chemistry. Like for example, 'yung Talk `N Text, when they drive and dish, they can just throw the ball to a spot on the floor without even looking at it. They absolutely know that someone will be there and that’s something that we have to work on.”
This early, Blackwater is now in the thick of preparations for the midseason Commissioner’s Cup with seven-foot import Chris Charles arriving in the country last week.
And as the Elite improve, so does Heruela.
Heruela hopes to pick up from where he left off after he averaged 9.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.5 blocks, and a steal in 26 minutes of action in the four games he played for the team after being called up from the D-League.
The guard out of University of Cebu (UC) is aware he can get a whole lot better.
“I’m just taking it game by game. That’s what I need, the experience, especially with the position that I play. And with that, I feel I can still get a lot better,” Heruela said in a chat with Spin.ph.
One person who can attest to Heruela’s effort to improve as a player even way back from his college years is UC team manager Atty. Baldomero Estenzo, who worked with the speedy guard during his stint with the Webmasters that saw the school win two Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi) titles in 2010 and 2011 behind dominant big man June Mar Fajardo.
“The one thing that makes (Brian) Heruela) special is his work ethic. Mag-papractice yan na siya lang mag-isa noon sa Cebu Coliseum. At kung sakaling walang practice sa, sasama yan sa high school. That’s something you rarely see these days,” narrated Estenzo.