RODNEY White’s debut with Petron was something he would much rather forget.
Visibly not in game shape and looking lost in the team’s system after less than a week of practice, the 6-9 import finished with a disappointing 12 points on 5-for-17 shooting, seven boards and four turnovers against Talk 'N Text and shuffled in and out of the match due to foul trouble.
He spent the last four minutes of regulation play on the bench, watching an all-Filipino Petron squad blow a six-point lead in the final 37 seconds, before returning in overtime.
But just like in regulation, White hardly made any impact on the floor in the extra session as the Boosters were held scoreless in overtime on the way to 85-93 loss to the Tropang Texters on Friday night.
“This is my first game with a new team. I just have to find my way," White told Spin.ph after the game. "Honestly, I wish we won. I know I could play better though it boils down to the team.”
White said he’ll try to be more aggressive in the succeeding games, considering that six of his 11 field goal attempts were launched from beyond the arc.
“We needed time (to play together) but I’ve got to learn some more plays and I do want to get inside a little bit more,” he added.
Petron coach Olsen Racela said he hopes White, who came in to replace the banned Renaldo Balkman, will get into game shape soon, especially with the playoffs fast approaching.
Racela said prior to the start of the game, he already told his locals that White won’t be playing major minutes because he’s still out of game shape.