JASON Perkins had a relatively decent debut for Phoenix but the fourth overall pick in the 2017 PBA Draft knows that he could have played a lot better.
The former La Salle star finished with 10 points, nine rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes in the Fuel Masters’ 104-96 defeat at the hands of the San Miguel Beermen on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“It wasn’t good,” said Perkins when asked to assess his debut as a rookie.
“I wasn’t as good as I would have liked to play. It doesn’t really matter how I played, we ended up losing. It’s about wins and losses,” he added
Perkins struggled with foul trouble as he had to face a formidable Beermen frontline and for his head coach Loue Alas, that’s something that the 6-foot-4 forward needs to work in the future.
“He can do a lot better. Dalawang games namin sa preseason, siya yung aming highest pointer eh. Pero yung sakit niya nung preseason, ganoon din ngayon. Early fouls,” Alas said.
“So kailangan maka-adjust siya sa mga tawag ng referees kasi hindi yung referees ang magaadjust sa kanya,” he added.
The nice thing about it is that he’ll be heading home with lots of lessons especially facing a team that has won the previous three Philippine Cup tournaments.
“Man, it’s so much (lessons). I don’t have time to explain. It’s a lot. Mostly reads and adjusting,” Perkins continued.
“I spoke to a couple of players after the game and they had some nice words for me,” he added.
One thing that Perkins promises is that he’s going to be a lot better in the coming games and that will all boil down to the hard work that he’ll put in training.
“I’m gonna play a lot better. I’m gonna work a lot harder. My IQ is gonna be higher next game. I’m gonna study the game a lot more,” said Perkins.
“Hopefully, I’m gonna keep getting better. I’ll keep getting better every game and keep progressing.”