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    Markeith Cummings says officiating changes since first PBA stint 'taking the fun out of the game'

    Jul 19, 2017

    KIA import Markeith Cummings is confident he can adjust to the PBA officiating that he felt has changed from the first time he played in the league four years ago.

    The former GlobalPort reinforcement saw the change in Kia’s 118-105 loss to Phoenix on opening night of the Governors’ Cup on Wednesday night.

    “They don’t allow you to touch,” Cummings said with a chuckle. “When I was here in 2013, there was a lot of pushing and a lot of stuff going on. Now, they’re taking the fun out of the game.”

    “We just have to adjust, and we’re going to,” he added.

    [See Phelps, Jazul fuel Phoenix’s wire-to-wire win over Kia in Governors Cup opener]

    Cummings committed four fouls, but also benefitted from the calls as he drew nine fouls, finishing with solid numbers of 31 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, and one steal, against four turnovers in 44 minutes in a losing effort.

    “It was a tough-fought game,” Cummings said. “Being that I just flew in three days ago, it was a great for experience for us. Now, we got to get back in practice and get the team going together, because that was our first time ever playing together, and it showed.”

    “We’re a pretty young team, so I may have to be putting a lot of stuff on my back, try to lead the team,” he added. “I’m going to try to do my best.”

    Cummings still saw some positives from his team as the Picanto try to go for a quick turnaround as they take the court again on Saturday against NLEX.

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    “We fight ‘til the end,” the Kia import said. “We just made a couple of mistakes on defense, our rotations, but that stuff comes with practice. Now we kind of got a feel of how everyone plays, so it’s going to give us extra boost coming into the next game on Saturday.”

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