JERRAMY King’s confidence hasn’t dipped even after a forgettable stint with Rain or Shine.
On Sunday night, the Fil-Am guard made the most of a fresh start with Columbian Dyip, recording a career-game in scoring in a 126-98 rout of Blackwater at the start of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
King, acquired in the season break from the unrestricted free agent list, poured in 30 points and fired 5-of-11 from three-point range. He had half of his output in the second half when Dyip pulled away for good and registered the 28-point blowout – the largest winning margin by the franchise, surpassing the 103-89 victory over Alaska in this same conference three years ago.
The Long Beach State alum finished 10-of-20 overall from the field, had seven rebounds, and four assists in 37 minutes of play.
His output likewise eclipsed his total of 26 points scored in his four conference stint with the Elasto Painters from last year until the Philippine Cup this season.
King, a fourth round pick by NLEX (36th overall) during the 2015 draft, said he has nothing but respect for Rain or Shine despite mostly sitting on the bench during his short stay with the team.
“No hard feelings. Definitely I love all the guys there,” he said afterwards of the Elasto Painters. “But I’m happy where I am now.”
He also wasn't out to prove anything to his former team.
“I understand this is professional, and you have to be professional about that. I knew I can play. I was still very confident of myself,” added King.
It just so happened, his style perfectly fits the system of coach Ricky Dandan, who was quick to utilize the free-agent guard as part of his starting unit against the Elite.
“His (Dandan) is more of my style, fast-paced. Coach Ricky has a lot of confidence in me. He let’s me play and that worked well tonight,” said the sophomore playmaker.
It’s still long ways for Columbian Dyip, which plays two more games within the week against Meralco (Wednesday) and NLEX (Saturday), but a start good enough for the franchise, which could only register a single win in 11 games during the all-Filipino conference.
“We’re changing the culture here. We’re trying to,” King said.