WEDNESDAY’S game saw Terrence Watson suffering a cut on his right eye during Rain or Shine’s victory over NorthPort.
“Rashad Woods drove. It was a physical play. I tried to cut him off going left because he’s a lefty and he tried to do a Euro step and Europe wasn’t friendly to me,” Watson said in jest.
“He caught me with an elbow. But we won. I can laugh about it now. But I’ll be on my second trip to the hospital. I’ve been there more than practice this season,” he added.
His first trips to the hospital in Manila were no laughing matter though. Watson had food poisoning in his first few days in the Philippines, which caused him to struggle in his first two games.
“I got food poisoning and the next day, we had a game. I spent two days in the hospital, got out of the hospital, and had another game,” said Watson.
Now, Watson is starting to display his form that has been the reason why Rain or Shine picked him as a replacement import for the PBA Governors’ Cup.
After two unimpressive games, Watson has been key in the Elastopainters’ resurgence. On Wednesday, he finished with 21 points, four rebounds, four assists, and five blocks in their 120-98 win over NorthPort.
“It feels like a revelation to finally get some wins after being sick for two games,” said Watson, who had 29 points, 19 rebounds, and six blocks in their first win against Ginebra in Lucena.
“Winning against Ginebra and coming here and playing against NorthPort, we know how important the win was for them. It was huge today for us to get a win and have another couple of games to get back into the playoff hunt.”
Aside from his recovery, the former San Miguel import also has begun to know his teammates and even coaches better after several days.
“When I first got here, I didn’t even know the guys’ names in the second game. I just learned the coach’s name in the third game. It was crazy. But I had a chance to gel with the guys over the past week and finally learn the plays. You see that we are getting some continuity and some togetherness,” said Watson.
Watson also said he wants to repay the faith of Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia as the Elastopainters look to collect wins after a 0-4 start.
“My teammates are getting more faith in giving me the ball. I think after the first game that I was sick, in the second game, the faith was there and I took nine shots. As you can see, they’ve been giving me the ball more… So they have more faith in me. Coach is calling my number a lot more and its seems to pay off,” said Watson.