Fit-again RR Garcia glad to make a nice first impression for newcomer Phoenix
RR Garcia hit six three-pointers in Phoenix's PBA debut. Jaime Campos

RR Garcia has conquered psychological fears over his newly healed shoulder as he delivered a remarkable performance for Phoenix in its debut in the PBA on Wednesday night.

The Fuel Masters playmaker, who has recovered from an injury on his right shoulder last December, was hardly worried that his shooting might get affected, evidenced by hitting six three-pointers on the way to resetting his career-high to 33 points in the team’s 118-106 win over NLEX.

The last of his six triples gave Phoenix a late 111-100 lead that made it hard for the Road Warriors to come back.

“’Di ko na iniisip yun (injury) kasi yung nangyari sakin masakit talaga,” Garcia admitted. “Siguro naglaro lang talaga ako.”

“Kapag ininda mo, walang mangyayari sayo,” he added.

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No surgery was required for Garcia, who missed Barako Bull’s last four games in the Philippine Cup.

“More on rehab lang kasi right shoulder, so talagang maapektuhan shooting ko,” the third-year guard said. “Pinaghandaan ko lang talaga.”

Garcia was likewise motivated to make a good impression in the Fuel Masters’ debut after the Mindanao-based company got accepted as the league’s newest franchise.

“Syempre first game namin and first game din ng bagong pangalan,” the former UAAP MVP out of Far Eastern University said. “Pinakita lang namin sa management na dahil full support sila sinuklian lang namin.” 

Phoenix coach Koy Banal welcomed back his prized ward.

"We really missed him, we missed his spunk," he said.

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