JOE Devance played his best game in a Ginebra uniform on Sunday night in an 80-76 victory over Mahindra as the Kings finally won two straight games for the first time in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup.
And while the Fil-Am big man admitted he has yet to settle down in his new home, Devance said he’ll just keep getting better as the all-Filipino conference progresses.
“It felt good. Today was my best game (with Ginebra),” said Devance, who posted numbers of 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting, four rebounds, and three assists.
“I’m still trying to get in shape, still trying to learn how to play with these guys. It’s still a learning process but I felt a lot better today.”
Devance admitted part of his early struggle with the Kings had something to do with the injury he suffered just before the season began.
“I had a long vacation and I hurt my knee just before the conference, not too many people doesn’t know about it, and it kinda slowed me down a bit,” he disclosed.”There’s still pain in my knee but it started to feel a little better now.”
Ginebra acquired the services of the 33-year-old Devance during the off season in a three-team trade that also involved Star and Barako Bull.
The deal had him reunited with his longtime coach Tim Cone, with whom he won championships with Alaska and Star, including a grand slam with the Hotshots in 2013.
"Coach Tim is a great coach. I really believe in his system, and I believe in his team,” he said.
Devance said the all-Filipino conference is going to be a learning process for the Kings as they try to master Cone’s triangle offense. But once they finally get into the scheme of things, he believes the Kings will be a force to be reckoned with just like what Cone did with the Aces and Hotshots before them.
“It’s gonna be the same process (for us). And I’m hoping we’ll get the same result,” he said.