JABRIL Trawick got an early taste of the PBA brand of basketball and officiating on Thursday when he failed to finish GlobalPort’s tune-up game against Star at the Hoops Center.
The Batang Pier import made a solid first impression as he registered 27 points and 12 boards, but he fouled out as he saw his team from the bench squander a double-digit lead on the way to a 91-84 loss to the Hotshots.
At least this early, Trawick is already aware how to cope with the officiating when the Batang Pier open their Governors’ Cup campaign on Friday, July 21, against Rain or Shine.
“I need to get adjusted to the foul calls, the different calls, and stuff like that,” the 25-year-old cager said after the game. “The more I get in shape, the better it’ll be for me.”
Team manager Bonnie Tan said Trawick is playing internationally for the first time “so he still has a lot to learn.”
The former Georgetown standout, known for his three-point shooting in college, also impressed with the intangibles he provided the Batang Pier against the Hotshots.
“Decent showing for his fourth day here,” GlobalPort coach Franz Pumaren said of Trawick, who arrived just last Monday. “But we expect more of him, because he gives us the energy, he’s very aggressive.”
“And he has to adjust to the brand of basketball,” he added.
Teammate Dylan Ababou echoed Pumaren’s sentiment’s about Trawick’s infectious energy.
“Hard-worker tsaka hindi nag-gi-give up, parang warrior,” Ababou said. “Tingin ko right fit naman.”
Trawick should hope that first impressions last.
“I’m just trying to build and continue to get better, and adjusted to the playing style out here,” the Pennsylvania native said. “But I think I’ll be fine.”