Davon Potts says early-season benching at Alaska taught him patience: 'That's a skill in itself'
Rookie Davon Potts got a win in his PBA debut for Alaska. Dante Peralta

DAVON Potts finally let out what he’s been keeping on his chest since the start of the season following his PBA debut on Wednesday night in a 103-98 Alaska win over Meralco at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The rookie swingman came off the bench to contribute four points, a rebound, and a steal in helping the Aces notch their first victory after starting the Philippine Cup with two straight losses.

He later said it’s a great feeling now that the barrier had been broken as he was reduced to cheering on the bench during the first two games of the Aces.

Potts said he wasn’t expecting the playing minutes he had against the Bolts.

“To be honest I thought I was gonna be benched a little longer,” he said after the game.

But frustration didn’t set in as the former San Beda standout knew his time will eventually come.

“It taught me patience, that’s a skill in itself,” Potts said of his benching. “Two qualities that I have is being competitive and being patient.”

Just by watching the action from the bench also made him realize one thing.

“I knew that just by watching the first and second game, I knew I can contribute to this team, so that’s my main thing. I know I can help this team win,” said the Fil-Am rookie.

There were anxious moments the first time he stepped on the floor, but he immediately settled down the moment he began to get a feel of the game.

“A little bit nervous, but at the back of my mind, I’ve been doing this for a long time now, so you just got to play basketball and do what you have been doing when you were three, four years old,” said Potts, who got a lot of support from girlfriend and courtside reporter Rizza Diaz as she watched from ringside.

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“I just tried to remember that it’s the same court, the same basketball, the same room. You just got to do everything the same thing.”

Potts is not in a hurry, but now given the chance to show what he’s got, he certainly is going to make the most out of it.

“Once you get the opportunity, you just got to show what you can do, and that’s the best thing you can do,” he stressed.

“This is just the first step and the beginning, and a great direction for me to go moving forward,” added Potts. “I just wanna win, whatever it takes to win, and whenever I can help my team. That’s just what I want to do.”

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