THE feeling was obviously strange for Karl Dehesa playing against the same team that gave him a break as a pro.
But as he pointed out, the PBA is all about business.
Dehesa faced former ballclub Mahindra for the first time on Wednesday since the season break trade that brought him to GlobalPort in exchange for Paolo Taha.
The 29-year-old Fil-Am scored 13 points against the Enforcers, but not enough to help the Batang Pier bring the Mahindra down in a 108-98 loss in the PBA Governors Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
It was the second straight loss for GlobalPort since a 93-84 setback against Ginebra. But this one is a bit odd for Dehesa.
“It’s a little bit different now that you’re in a different jersey,” he said. “But it’s part of the business, and you’ve just got to be used to it.”
Dehesa was a free agent in 2014 when he was signed up by Mahindra, eventually emerging as one of the team’s top guns in its young franchise history.
He found himself starting all over again though when the Enforcers dealt him to the Batang Pier at a time when he was trying to make a name for himself as one of the league’s legitimate gunner.
Dehesa was just as surprise with the trade that he can’t help to be a bit emotional the first time he stepped onto the floor against Mahindra.
“A lot of those guys are still my friends, and seeing them was good,” a smiling Dehesa said. “But it would have been nice to come out with a win but we can’t do it all.’
“I was on that team for a while, but I’m on this team now so I better not think about that and just go out there and play.”
After a two-point production in his first game with Globalport (1 of 7 shooting), Dehesa bounced back behind an impressive 5 of 10 shooting from the field (3 of 6 from beyond the arc), three rebounds, and two assists in 30 minutes of play.
Dehesa said it was unfortunate the Batang Pier faced the Enforcers at a time the team is playing with a depleted lineup. Globalport had four players in the injury list and didn’t suit up against Mahindra, namely Terrence Romeo, Jay Washington, Rico Maierhofer, and Joseph Yeo.
Eventually, he sees the Batang Pier getting their acts together once everybody goes on board and the team began to play together as one.
“I think we’re all still adjusting. Terrence is out and we’ve got a lot of injuries, JayWash is out. But we’ll come together soon,” he positively stressed.