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    Disappointing Columbian campaign spoils Jerramy King breakout season

    Oct 28, 2018
    PHOTO: marlo cueto

    BINAN - Jerramy King is thankful for the breakout season he had in the PBA playing for Columbian Dyip.

    But at the end of the day, winning is the only thing.

    The warrior that he is, King admitted being disappointed with all the losses of the Dyip in their Governors Cup campaign that came to a close Saturday following a 120-99 rout at the hands of Blackwater at the Alonte Sports Arena.

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    Although the team managed to clinch at least a win in the season-ending conference unlike the last time, the prolific Fil-Am guard can't help but be frustrated a little bit with the way things turned out for the former expansion franchise.

    "It was a tough season. Individually, I think I did OK as I made improvements. But as a team, I feel we might have taken a step back," he said after the Elite ended their season with a 1-10 record.

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    But King isn't complaining. It's a process a young team like the Dyip usually go through in trying to find the right combination and formula for winning.

    "I think that's natural for a new coach, a new system, a new import, new teammates," said the 28-year-old California native.

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    It can't be denied though, King had his best season as a pro after leading Columbian in scoring the moment he came on board just before the Commissioner's Cup as an unrestricted free agent from Rain or Shine.

    "I'm very happy that I'm working very hard. And the coaches are giving me the opportunity, so I'm just trying to help the team the best way I can," he said.

    King said he has no regret about being let go by Rain or Shine, and considered his transfer to Columbian as a 'huge blessing.'

    "My grandmother, she always goes to all my practices before she became a little bit more sick. But it's always her dream and my dream as well to play in the PBA," he said.

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    "And now that its finally here, I'm just taking advantage of it."

    Originally selected by NLEX in the fourth round of the 2015 draft (36th overall), King believes that in time, Columbian will learn to adopt a winning culture.

    And it all begins by staying positive, he stressed.

    "We're going to work hard in the offseason, and hope we have a better season," King said. "Hopefully by next season, we can make a bigger jump and play a lot better."

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