FOUR days after he was traded to GlobalPort, Jonathan Grey had mixed emotions on his first encounter with former team Meralco in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The rookie out of College of St. Benilde said his first victory with Batang Pier was bittersweet as it came at the expense of the Bolts, 94-86, on Wednesday at the MOA Arena.
“Masaya ako sa panalo namin pero syempre close din ako sa kabila eh so alam ko ang nafi-feel nila ngayon,” he said.
Although he has come to accept that he’s with a new team, Grey couldn’t help but miss that one thing he used to enjoy with Meralco.
“Eh ‘di ano, sayang ang mga bonus,” he said with a laugh, referring to the potential won-game bonuses with the Bolts (7-2) already qualified for the quarterfinals while the Batang Pier are in the bottom half of the standings with a 3-6 card.
“Ano pa ba ang panghihinayangan mo doon, ‘di ba?” he added.
But kidding aside, Grey, who had three points in 16 minutes of play, shared that he’s still learning the ropes with his new team in just his second conference.
With only two days of training under GlobalPort, the high-scoring guard hopes to get his rhythm going to help his team in its playoff push.
“Syempre noong una nalulungkot ako kasi nasanay na ako doon sa Meralco,” he said. “Pero siguro pagdating ng panahon naman okay naman dito ‘di ba? So adjust lang.”
“I have to face reality na ganyan talaga dito. Gagawin mo lang everyday gagalingan mo lang para sa team mo,” Grey added.
While the Gilas cadet is going through an adjustment period, Grey said having his fellow national team members Terrence Romeo, Von Pessumal and Bradwyn Guinto at GlobalPort made his transfer a little easier.
Grey is also optimistic that come the Governor’s Cup, the team’s chemistry and performance will eventually improve.
“Ah oo sila ang una kong kinausap syempre kasi sila ang kilala ko so sana magtuluy-tuloy lang ng maganda (ang takbo ng team),” he said.
“Although maliit na ang chance this conference, meron pa naman next conference so ‘yun lang,” he added.