THE learning continues for CJ Perez with Columbian even after his stint with Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba Basketball World Cup.
Perez had another big game statistically, finishing with 22 points and 10 rebounds in a game against Rain or Shine on Sunday night. But a costly turnover helped the Elastopainters' cause in a 96-90 win over the Dyip.
The Dyip were down by just two points and had a chance take control of the game, but Perez lost the ball while going for a lay-up. That halted the team's momentum as Rain or Shine wrapped up the win.
“Na-outsmart nila kami," the former Lyceum star said later. "Ganun naman talaga basketball. Mananalo, matatalo."
Perez was coming off a 28-point, 13-rebound performance in the Dyip’s 117-110 win over Alaska on opening day, but he readily accepted the blame for the loss.
“Part ng basketball ‘yun, turnover. Hindi ko naman sinasadya. Sinisisi ko sarili ko pero part ng basketball," he said.
"Hindi naman ‘yung isang pagkakamali ‘yung tinitignan ng mga coaches. Marami pang time para mag-improve para matutunan ‘yung mga mali namin kanina."
Even with his improved play during and after the World Cup, the Columbian rookie said the loss is part of the learning process for him.
“Kung paano namin tatapusin ‘yung laro, 'yun ang kailangan namin i-find out. At ‘yung depensa ng Rain or Shine, maganda talaga. Lesson ‘yun,” said Perez.