BLACKWATER rookie Keith Agovida puts his star mentality behind as he embraces his new task as a role player in the PBA.
The Masbate native once scored 82 points in the NCAA juniors basketball when he was playing for Jose Rizal University, but Agovida said none of that mattera today as he tries to be a support player in the professional level.
“Kung dati (star) sa high school ngayon role player na ako,” he told Spin.ph after Blackwater survived Meralco, 92-90, in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday night.
“Ibang ano na kasi ito eh, hindi na ito kagaya noong high school at college, ibang level na ‘tong PBA,” added Agovida, who played for Arellano in the NCAA.
Agovida, who had nine points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block in 20 minutes of play against the Bolts, was quick to give the credit to his coaches and teammates for his performance.
“Kaya ko nagagawa ‘yung mga nagagawa ko kasi binibigyan ako ng kumpyansa ng mga coach ko at ng mga teammates ko kaya siguro naa-apply ko sa game ‘yung mga skills ko,” he said.
“Siguro kailangan ko pa i-improve ‘yung mga kailangan ko i-improve para makatulong ako sa team ko,” he added.
After his stellar high school career, the 6-3 forward admitted he wasted opportunities as he was sidelined for five years before he finally made it to the Arellano roster in 2013.
“After that five years akong nawala,” he said. “Siguro ang mindset ko para makabalik ako sa paglalaro kung ano ang ginawa ko noong high school siguro ganoon din gagawin ko ngayon.”
“Basta ang gusto ko lang makatulong sa team kung anong best ko gagawin ko,” he added.