ANTIPOLO – Columbian freshman CJ Perez said he took to heart Calvin Abueva's advice after the Dyip's loss to Phoenix last week.
Shortly after getting the better of the top pick overall in the last PBA draft, Abueva said he was impressed with the former Lyceum star but acknowledged that the kid still has a lot to improve on in his game.
“’Yun ‘yung magandang advice na maririnig mo,” said Perez. “Siya, matagal na sa PBA. Alam na niya kung ano ang ia-adjust. Siyempre as a rookie, kailangan mong makinig sa mga payo ng mga nakakatanda sa 'yo.”
The high-flying rookie said he didn't do too badly against Abueva and Co., saying the Dyip were simply outworked by the Fuel Masters.
“Maganda ‘yung nagawa ko pero siyempre, team effort. Medyo nagkulang at na-outwork nila kami kaya siguro nahirapan kami.”
On Friday, the Pangasinense guard had another intriguing match-up with former NCAA rival Robert Bolick, who was taken by NorthPort two rungs below him in the draft.
This time, Columbian won the game, 110-100, and Perez won the personally match-up, compiling 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Bolick struggled with only three points on 1-of-7 shooting, although the former San Beda star had seven points, six assists, and two steals.
Perez said he isn't too big on personal rivalries,
“Wala sa isip ko ‘yun (Bolick match-up). Basta alam ko, para sa team, para sa management at para sa coaches para ‘yung effort nila, mapalitan… Wala naman kasi ‘yung rivalry. Wala, PBA na ‘to,” Perez said.