DESPITE his glowing credentials, Talk 'N Text import Othyus Jeffers said he’ll try to work and fit in with the team’s established stars as the Tropang Texters try to pick up the pieces after a failed title bid in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The Tropang Texters opened the season-ending Governors Cup on Wednesday with a 105-99 victory over sister team Meralco Bolts as Jeffers churned out 38 points, 13 rebounds, and two steals in his league debut.
Though he scored heavily during the first half with 26 points, the co-MVP of the NBA D-League deferred to locals Ranidel de Ocampo and Jason Castro down the stretch.
“It’s a building block. They made it to the (Commissioner’s Cup) Finals. They just get their mindset ready for another conference,” said Jeffers.
“What I did (on Wednesday) was to help everyone till they are ready to step up, like Ranidel and Jason. You saw when they finally clicked,” the 28-year-old star of Robert Morris University pointed out.
De Ocampo drained two triples in the second half and scored several baskets in the paint, while Castro made the finishing touches by firing 10 of the team’s last 13 points to clinch the victory for Talk ‘N Text.
“We got a lot of weapons so you just need to continue to learn from each other and understand the schemes and continue to play hard,” said Jeffers, who had a six-game stint with the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2014 NBA regular season, averaging 1.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in 7.8 minutes.
Talk ‘N Text returns to action on Monday when it goes up against Alaska in the lone game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.