IT seems the comparison between Marcus Cousin and Demarcus Cousins begins and ends with their names.
The new Blackwater import believes he and the Sacramento Kings star have more or less the same game, but that was hardly the case on Friday night when the Elite lost to Talk ‘N Text, 98-91, in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
“I think we both can do the same things, playing inside and out,” Cousin, who moonlighted for the Utah Jazz in 2011, said. “That's how I play my game and I just pick my shots.”
They might play the same position at the post, but stand-in Blackwater import's debut numbers couldn’t seem to hold a candle to that of the Cousins, a double-double machine and All-NBA Second Team member this season.
In fact, Cousin's numbers against Talk 'N Text - 16 points and nine boards against five turnovers in 43 minutes - pale when compared to those of another Marcus, Douthit, who he replaced while the naturalized player joined the national team in the SEA Games.
Cousin did stake the Elite’ to an early lead with six points in the first quarter, but it was all downhill from there both for the import and the team.
Cousin's concern, though, was not offense but the team's defense.
“Whenever I get the ball, they double team so I have to adjust to that, be patient, find my teammates who are open,” said Cousin. “I thought we got off to a good start, but in the end, we had some letdowns on defense.”
Cousin hopes to lessen his turnovers as the Elite face San Miguel Beer next week.
“I have to be more patient and hopefully, we can win the next game.”