OTHYUS Jeffers insisted he was just reacting to what the GlobalPort defense gave him that led to his sub-par offensive showing for Barangay Ginebra in its 89-85 loss to the Batang Pier in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday night.
After scoring 31 points in his debut last Friday in an overtime loss to NLEX, the Gin Kings import was held to just eight points on 4-of-12 shooting versus the Batang Pier.
“We played team basketball,” said Jeffers, who did have 16 rebounds, four assists, and one steal in nearly 43 minutes. “I took what they gave me.”
The NBA veteran admitted he missed some crucial baskets.
“I didn’t finish on a couple of them, but I knew I made the one in the end,” he said, referring to a close-range running shot that that could’ve tied the game at 87, only to go in and out. “It should’ve been an and-one, but it rimmed out.”
Asked if he’s bothered by the Gin Kings’ winless start in their first two games, Jeffers, who leads the league in rebounding at 18 despite being the shortest among the imports at 6’2” 3/4, remained defiant.
“Why should we (be bothered)? It’s twelve games. we can go ten and two or whatever,” the 30-year-old cager said of their schedule that actually has 11 games. “And once we got to the playoffs, it’s zero-zero.”
Jeffers is just hoping the Gin Kings simply sustain their performance that saw them come back from 15 points down against GlobalPort throughout one whole game.
“We got to play the same way more from beginning to end.”