Defense-oriented Jason Ballesteros feels right at home at Mahindra
Jason Ballesteros had five points, five rebounds and a block in his Mahindra debut. Jerome Ascano

JASON Ballesteros showed he’s right at home at Mahindra after an efficient showing in the Enforers’ 102-94 win over Alaska on Monday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

Traded from Blackwater to the Enforcers for Kyle Pascual late last week, the veteran slotman tallied five points, five boards, and one block in eight minutes in his debut.

“Welcome naman ako sa kanila,” Ballesteros said. “Nagpapasalamat din ako kasi naka-isang practice pa lang ako, pero ginamit na kaagad ako.”

“May tiwala talaga si coach sa akin,” the 6-foot-6 center added. “Kaya daw ako kinuha dahil kulang sila sa depensa na big na katulad ng ginagawa ko na walang pakialam sa opensa basta nakaka-depensa ng maayos.”

Enforcers coach Chito Victolero saw what he was looking for in Ballesteros despite his limited minutes.

“Jason stepped up in this game,” Victolero said.

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While his primary task is to be an anchor on defense, the 30-year-old Ballesteros feels he also has a chance to contribute offensively for a Mahindra side that lacks a go-to guy.

“Dito kasi, sabi ni coach, walang star player, so yung bola, iikot talaga,” the Gilas Pilipinas pioneer said. “So ready lang ako sa ilalim.”

“Hindi katulad sa nakaraang team ko, alam natin na sila Carlo (Lastimosa), sila Mike (Cortez), pag na sa kanila na yung bola, wala na,” Ballesteros said. “Yung mga big man, hindi na involved.”

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