JONATHAN Grey insisted there was no extra motivation to play well against former team Meralco, stressing he was simply just stepping up for a shorthanded GlobalPort backcourt in their 107-88 rout of the Bolts in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday night.
The sophomore guard, the Bolts’ second-round pick and 19th overall in the 2016 Draft, provided the biggest spark off the Batang Pier bench, tying his career high of 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including three treys, five boards, two assists, one block, and only one turnover in 22 minutes.
“Nothing personal,” Grey said. “Siguro nagkakataon lang na everytime na kalaban ko former team ko, yun, sinuswerte.”
If there’s something “extra,” it’s Grey’s playing time that he’s making the most of in the absence of injured superstar guard Terrence Romeo.
“Oo naman, sobrang thankful ako, laging andyan sina Coach Pido at yung management, talagang binibigay nila yung confidence sa 'kin,” Grey said. “Struggle ako nung start eh. Pero yung tiwala nila, nandiyan pa rin.”
Asked if he can still improve on his game, Grey, who scored 13 points in the third quarter where the Batang Pier pulled away, would rather take it one game at a time.
“’Di ko alam eh. Every time naman naglalaro ako, I always give my 100 percent lang to win para sa team. Yun lang,” the former College of St. Benilde standout said. “Wala ako ibang iniisip, basta iniisip ko lang gusto ko lang manalo every game. Minsan swerte, minsan malas. Ganun talaga basketball eh.”