JERICK Canada gave credit to his backcourt mentors at Blackwater like Mike Cortez as he notched his best game thus far in the PBA on Friday.
The former Adamson guard said he is learning a lot from being part of the Elite backcourt led by Cortez, a former La Salle guard, who was traded to Blackwater last year from Meralco.
“Kami nagbabantayan (sa practice) so parang siya beterano na siya. Malaking bagay ‘yung makabantay mo siya tapos makikita mo siya sa training ‘yung mga moves niya,” said Canada.
On Friday, Canada’s experience of playing alongside Cortez finally paid off as he finished with a career-high 14 points in the Elite’s win over Star. He went 5-of-5 from the field, including four triples, in a big win for the squad in their Governors’ Cup campaign.
“Binibigay ko lang lahat kung ano ‘yung pinapagawa ng mga coaches, gina-grab ko lang ‘yung opportunity na gamitin ako,” said Canada.
While he was efficient with his shots, Canada said he took pride that he didn’t commit any turnovers in the game, something that the Blackwater coaching staff is emphasizing to the 28-year-old point guard.
“Nagkaroon ako ng kumpiyansa. Nung unang tira ko pumasok, tuluy-tuloy na. Pero since wala akong turnovers, ‘yun din ang okay kasi laging sinasabi ng mga assistant coaches na less turnovers para mas tumagal ako sa laro,” said Canada.
The 2015 ABL MVP hopes his breakout performance will only be the start of better things to come for his young PBA career.
“Kailangan pukpok at palaging positive. Ipasok man o hindi, as long as ginagawa ko ‘yung 100 percent na role ko,” said Canada.