GARY David could only thank Meralco coach Norman Black for singling him out during the Bolts’ 41-point loss to the Alaska Aces on Halloween.
That brief moment he had with the 11-time PBA champion coach was the perfect jolt David needed after averaging a career-low 5.6 points on a cold-shooting 27.3 percent shooting in his first three games this season.
On Wednesday, David regained his shooting touch as he torched newcomer NLEX with 23 points, spiked by three three-pointers, to lead Meralco to a 90-75 win on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The 6-foot-2 David admitted he groped for form during the Bolts’ first three games and was called out by Black after scoring just four points on 2-of-10 shooting as the Aces handed the Bolts a 105-64 beating.
“Na-mention niya (Black) ako na kailangang lumaro ako ng maayos kung gusto naming makarating sa gusto naming outright semis. Kailangan ko daw ibalik yung usual na laro ko, kaya 'yun ang challenge niya sa akin,” the 36-year-old native of Dinalupihan, Bataan said.
Since that humiliating loss to the Aces, David said he has doubled his effort in practice, putting more time on his long-range shooting as he tried to regain his confidence.
The extra time he had in practice rewarded him handsomely as the two-time scoring champion tormented the Road Warriors during his 35-minute exposure in the game.
“Iba pa pakiramdam ko nung last three games namin. Wala pa ako sa kundisyon kaya sa practice namin, nai-work out ko yun (shooting),” said the 11-year pro.
David now hopes he has turned the corner as the Bolts brace for a tough two-and-a-half weeks that include games against Talk ‘N Text (November 11), Rain or Shine (November 15), Barangay Ginebra (November 21) and Purefoods Star (November 23).