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    Jay Washington comes full circle as he makes 5,000-point club with team where he started career

    Mar 20, 2017
    Jay Washington is awarded the game ball by PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa. PBA Images

    JAY Washington said he found it fitting that he made the PBA's 5,000-point club while playing for Rain or Shine - the team where his career in the Philippines started from his days in the PBL.

    Washington reached the milestone at the two-minute, 45-second mark of the second quarter of Rain or Shine's 99-95 overtime win over Mahindra, becoming the 79th player in the league - and the first in the franchise - to achieve the feat.

    After bouncing around the league, Washington, made the No. 1 pick overall of the 2005 PBA rookie draft by Air21, finally returned to Rain or Shine in the offseason when he was traded from GlobalPort for JR Quinahan.

    "It's a nice milestone in my career and it's nice to be able to be the first player in Rain or Shine to get that accomplishment," said Washington.

    "My career started here so it's nice to get it when I have something like that with the team that I consider family - with the management and everything," he added.

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    The 12-year pro believes his basketball career has finally gone full circle after being traded to the Elasto Painters.

    If he's to be asked, he plans to retire with the Raymond Yu and Terry Que-owned franchise.

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    "That's how it was written for me. Hopefully I'll be here for the remainder of my career. Start here and finish here. That's my plan. That's what I want. "

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    Jay Washington is awarded the game ball by PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa. PBA Images
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