GARY David has vowed to bounce back in the second round of the eliminations of the Fiba-Asia championships after a forgettable first three games made him a convenient target of criticism from online fans.
David has struggled to find his touch in Gilas' first three matches against Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Chinese-Taipei, going a combined 2-of-18 from the field while missing some shots badly.
The Globalport Batang Pier star also missed two shots in the endgame that opened the door for Taipei to mount a comeback and steal a 84-79 victory before a packed crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday night.
But while he has taken the heat from fans online, David believes he will soon regain the shooting touch that made him one of the top gunners in the pro league.
“Hindi naman siguro gigil,” David said when asked about his struggles. “Siguro medyo excited din pero mahaba-haba pa naman. Maaga pa ang laro.”
David is also relieved that his teammates have been stepping up for him, pointing to Jeff Chan and Larry Fonacier who have taken turns in picking up the slack in the team's three games.
“Okay lang naman na kahit struggling, meron naman nag-step-up. Kung sino naman maganda ang laro, sila ‘yung talagang andyan.” David said.
“Itong team na ito nag-sacrifice naman,” said David.