ERIC Dawson expects Imad Qahwash to put up a much better production for Blackwater to get back on track in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
While Dawson, the Elite’s American import, has carried most of the load, his Asian counterpart in Qahwash has failed to live up to expectations for the second straight game on Wednesday night in their loss to Ginebra.
Dawson registered 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting, 18 boards, seven assists, and two steals in 42 minutes, but Qahwash was held to just two points as the Palestinian playmaker missed all his five shots and earned his only production from the foul line in garbage time.
“It’s tough for him,” Dawson said of the 29-year-old Qahwash, who was scoreless in his debut more than a week ago. “As an older guy, I stay in his ear and try to keep him positive and tell him, ‘we got another game, don’t hang your head and don’t get down and the game will come to you.”
And the 32-year-old Dawson is confident Qahwash, who did have three assists and one rebound in 15 minutes off the bench against Ginebra, will break out of his slump and replicate the form he showed when he played for the Palestinian team that shocked Gilas Pilipinas in its opening game in last year’s Fiba Asia Championship.
“I know he’s going to produce more,” Dawson said. “He’s a professional athlete. He understands the game. It’s just it’s new to him. But he can adjust and I expect him to adjust.”