ANTIPOLO – Kristofer Acox believes he’s what the doctor ordered for Star despite failing to lead his team to a win his debut on Sunday night in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
The new Hotshots import, who thrives in the paint unlike perimeter-oriented predecessor Malcolm Hill, registered 18 points, 18 boards, three assists, one steal, and one block in 41 minutes, proving he can fit in the system.
“It (system) feels pretty well,” Acox said. “Lot of pick and rolls, which is one of my strengths. The guards like to push the ball in transition and play good defense. I think I'm a good fit for this team.”
The Iceland forward stuck to the positives in the defeat.
“It was a loss, but I thought we had a good performance,” Acox said. “Obviously, it's tough coming in as a new player in the middle of the season and try to find the chemistry with the team, but I felt like we held our own, played a good game, they made a lot of runs, they got a good team.
“But we always find way to come back and get back to the game, and towards the last minute, it was a game,” he added.
Acox’s numbers, though, paled in comparison to that of his TNT counterpart in Glen Rice Jr., who flirted with another triple-double of 43 points, 19 boards, nine assists and two steals.
Acox said he’s still feeling the effects of jetlag following a flight from Finland.
“It took me about two days to get here,” Acox said. “It's about an eight-hour time difference for me, so I'm still trying to get used to that time difference and get my rest, but by Friday I should be good to go. I only got one practice before the game.
“But, yeah, I got a week to rest and kinda adjust a little bit, so I'll be good by Friday,” he added.