DESPITE persistent rumors of his impending exit, Barako Bull import Evan Brock still went about his business Wednesday night.
The hardworking import posted PBA career-highs of 37 points and 25 rebounds, but the numbers were still not enough as the Energy Cola bowed to the Meralco Bolts, 104-112, for the franchise’s fourth straight loss in the Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
After averaging just 18.2 points and 15 rebounds during the team’s first seven games, the 6-foot-9 Brock came out strong off the block as he already had 23 points and 14 rebounds by halftime.
“It‘s part of my game plan to start strong. Just trying to help the team as much as I could and try to get the team out of the slump,” Brock told Spin.ph after the game.
Brock, who helped the Indonesia Warriors win the Asean Basketball League (ABL) championship last year, said the team’s ongoing slide is a combination of a lot of factors.
“When you take that kind of loss, it can come on a variety of things. We had a couple of defensive lapses. But we just have to limit them and not commit the same mistakes,” he said.
“We just have to stay positive and believe we can still make the quarterfinals. It’s tough, but we have the proper tools to bounce back in our last six games,” added the University of Alabama product.
Barako Bull team consultant Rajko Toroman reiterated the team’s continued slump has nothing to do with Brock, despite his “Shaq-like” struggle from the foul line as the import averages just 55.6 percent from the free throw area.
“How can you change him after the way he played tonight? Brock is not the problem. Evan probably played the best game of his life with 37 points and 25 rebounds,” noted Toroman, whose team dropped at the bottom half of the standings with their 3-5 record.