IT was an awkward moment for Dave Marcelo after facing former team Barangay Ginebra for the first time in the PBA Governors Cup.
But once reality set in, he said everything was back to normal for him.
“At first oo. Pero nung ongoing na naging normal na," said Marcelo of his first encounter with the Kings since being traded to Blackwater last week.
"Nakakapag-adjust na rin kahit paano."
The Blackwater big man played 17 minutes and scored four points, with four rebounds, and three assists in the team's 98-81 loss to the reigning champions at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Elite actually stayed with the Kings three-fourths of the way, and even led 52-45 early in the third.
But the championship experience of the Kings showed at crunch time as they stepped on the gas in the payoff period to book their seventh straight win and keep the solo lead at 7-1.
Marcelo wasn't surprised with Ginebra's second half charge.
"Nandun pa lang ako, third quarter and especially sa fourth, dun talaga (gumagawa) ang Ginebra," said Marcelo of the Kings, with whom he won a championship last year in this very same tournament.
"Medyo nakakahinayang lang kasi fourth quarter bumigay kami."
For someone who suited up for more than two seasons with Ginebra, Marcelo said he gave the Blackwater coaching staff some notes on how the Kings run specific plays.
"Sinabi ko yung mga nalalaman ko dun sa kanila, kaya nakapag-prepare kami ng kaunti" said the former San Beda stalwart with a smile. "Nag breakdown nga lang talagi kami nung fourth quarter."
Marcelo was acquired by Blackwater in a two-on-two trade that involved Chris Ellis, Art dela Cruz, and Raymund Aguilar.
Ellis, though, was still a no-show for the Elite as he was only discharged from the hospital on Thursday due to full body cramps