JONATHAN Grey proved he is up to the task whenever his number is called upon as he emerged as a bright spot for Meralco in its 81-79 loss to Alaska in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday night.
Hardly seeing action in the last two games, the rookie wingman finally saw more playing time (20 minutes) and repaid coach Norman Black’s faith by scoring on a strong drive and drawing a foul from Calvin Abueva to give Meralco back the lead after a big Alaska scoring run.
“Iniisip ko lang nandito ako para maglaro ng basketball, so pag pinasok ka, ito yung love mo na laro eh, so i-enjoy mo lang,” Grey said after the game.
“Mahirap maglaro pag ganito na hindi consistent yung playing time mo,” the College of St. Benilde product continued after averaging just 6.5 minutes in the last two games. “Hindi mo alam kung kalian ka bubunutin ni coach. Alam ng lahat ng players yun. Mahirap kumuha ng kumpiyansa.”
“Pero ako, ready lang lagi,” he added. “Nandyan naman yung mga coach namin na binibigyan naman ako ng confidence. So learn lang, matuto lang sa mistakes ko.”
And since he’s already part of the finishing unit, Grey, who wound up with eight points, including two triples, along with five boards, and three assists against two turnovers, said he would’ve even taken the last shot had he been given the opportunity.
“Bakit hindi, ‘di ba? Kung binigay sa akin, eh ‘di i-grab mo na yung chance,” Grey said. “Pero okay lang. I respect (the decision). Tsaka rookie lang ako eh, so ready lang ako lagi.”
But the 24-year-old cager made it clear is not complaining over the inconsistent playing time.
“Hindi naman niya (Black) kailangan i-explain eh,” Grey said. “Game plan niya yun eh. Ang tagal na ni coach Norman sa PBA, so ba’t mo siya tatanungin? Alam na niya yun at alam ko na rin.”
All he can do is be ready.