DESPITE another steady game, Kevin Ferrer admitted he is still in an adjustment stage as he gets longer minutes with NorthPort.
Ferrer saw action for 32 minutes on Wednesday in the Batang Pier’s 97-87 loss to Phoenix Pulse and finished with 18 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals.
Ferrer even hit a triple that cut Phoenix's lead to three late in the game, 84-81, only for the Fuel Masters to respond with back-to-back baskets by Alex Mallari and Jason Perkins.
Ferrer said he continues to work on his conditioning as he is getting major minutes with the Batang Pier following a trade that sent Stanley Pringle to Barangay Ginebra. Sol Mercado and Jervy Cruz are also part of the trade.
“Kailangan ko talaga magpakundisyon. 32 minutes ako naglaro kanina. Sobrang pagod. Kailangan talaga i-adjust ‘yung katawan ko sa ganung laro, ganung sistema ng laro namin,” said Ferrer.
In his first game as a Batang Pier cager, Ferrer had 23 points, five rebounds, and six assists in NorthPort’s 127-99 win over import-less Blackwater.
Ferrer said the Phoenix game is an indication he along with Mercado and Cruz still has a lot of work to do to adjust to the NorthPort system. Incidentally, Cruz had two points, while Mercado was held scoreless.
“Sa tingin ko, nandoon pa sa stage ng adjustment ‘yung mga players lalo na kaming tatlo. Lack of defense din. Credit din sa Phoenix,” said Ferrer.
Nevertheless, Ferrer said he will continue to work hard as he looks to repay the faith Batang Pier management as well as head coach Pido Jarencio has in him.
“Sobrang natutuwa. Lahat naman ng player, matutuwa sa ganung opportunity na binibigay ng management at ng mga coaches,” said Ferrer.