ANTIPOLO – Imad Qahwash vowed to make up for lost time after putting up a poor offensive performance in his PBA Governors’ Cup debut for Blackwater in a 98-92 loss to Rain or Shine at the Ynares Center.
After arriving in Manila only on the eve of the match, the Elite’s Asian import was held scoreless after missing all his four shots, although he had four rebounds and three assists in 14 minutes off the bench.
“It was tough to adjust,” Qahwash admitted. “That’s the first time I ever played with them in my life so it was definitely an adjustment playing in the PBA and with this team.”
After signing with the Elite as early as May, the Palestinian playmaker only reported for duty with his Philippine club on July 1 for 10 days, before leaving again for China the next two weeks due to a previous commitment.
“I didn’t play as much as I wanted but it’s normal because I’ve been away,” Qahwash said. “I’m still learning what the team wants and how to play with them. I thought I got the ball to the right players and I played as a team. But things will fall into place for us.”
Qahwash believes he will fit better into the Elite’s system in the long run.
“I think the league is a good fit for me,” the Palestinian point guard said. “With the way I play in transition and fastbreak, I think I’m gonna have a successful season. It’s just adjusting and I still have to see what the coach wants.”
‘This game is just to get my feet wet, so to speak, and build on it and see what comes next,” he added.