DENZEL Bowles hopes he can regain the chemistry he once had with his Purefoods teammates in time for the crucial stages of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The American big man, who led Purefoods, then known as B-Meg, to the championship in the same tournament in 2012, made his league return on Sunday although the the Hotshots lost to Barangay Ginebra, 96-87.
Although he tallied 31 points, six boards, two assists, two steals, and two blocks in 42 minutes, the former Best Import committed seven turnovers, including some errant passes in the endgame that foiled the Hotshots' fightback.
Bowles feels he has some catching up to do.
“I just had to get more familiar again, the basics, but I just have to jell with the team a little bit more,” the 25-year-old slotman said.
But Bowles, who arrived in Manila just last Friday after being tapped to replace disgruntled reinforcement Daniel Orton, doesn’t need a refresher course on coach Tim Cone’s Triangle Offense.
“It comes with time and next game I should be ready.”
Bowles also hopes the Hotshots regain the services of several injured players, foremost of whom is two-time league MVP James Yap.
“We just have to jell as a team and we've got to get more people back,” he said, believing the Hotshots can win against any opponent with a complete lineup.
“Were not worried who were playing. We just want to get to the playoffs.”