Patience a virtue as rookie Arnold Van Opstal awaits chance at San Miguel
"I still feel good. It's part of the process. I'm a rookie but I will have my time," says San Miguel rookie Arnold Van Opstal. Jerome Ascano

ANTIPOLO CITY - Patience is a virtue for rookie Arnold Van Opstal.

The Gilas big man has yet to see action for San Miguel in the PBA Philippine Cup as coach Leo Austria opted to sit him out for the second straight game in a 92-85 loss to Phoenix on Wednesday night at the Ynares Center here.

Van Opstal and Alfonso Gotladera of NLEX are the only members of the cadet training pool who have yet to see action in the new season.

The 6-foot-9 Van Opstal doesn't see any problem with that, staying positive as he reiterated his utmost trust in whatever plans Austria has for him.

"I still feel good. It's part of the process. I'm a rookie but I will have my time," he said.

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Van Opstal didn't see action in the Beermen's first game of their title defense, which Austria said was a must-win for them against the Star Hotshots. San Miguel won it, 92-88.

But even after another night spent on the bench, Van Opstal is not in anyway getting impatient.

"I'm just happy to give the guys energy off the bench and just have a positive attitude," said the rookie. "Just control what I can control because whether I play or not is not under my control."

It doesn't bother him either seeing his fellow Gilas cadets standing out in their league debut while he continues to ride the bench.

"I'm happy for them. The race is long and in the end, it's only with yourself," he stressed.

The Beermen next face the Alaska Aces this Saturday. Hopefully Van Opstal will finally get his baptism of fire with the team.

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