Rookie Jonathan Grey heartened by debut, but knows he has a lot to learn
Jonathan Grey impressed in his Meralco debut. Jerome Ascano

JONATHAN Grey hardly celebrated his solid debut as Meralco still suffered an 86-84 loss to Blackwater in their PBA Philippine Cup matchup on Sunday.

The rookie guard was one of the few bright spots for the Bolts, scoring 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting to go with four boards, one assist, and one steal against three turnovers in 23 minutes off the bench – numbers that went for naught as they failed to protect a late lead.

“Siguro learning process, talo kasi kami eh,” Grey said. “Ano yung eleven points, di ba?”

“Pero maganda naman siguro ang pinakita ko,” he added. “Yung tinitingnan ko ngayon kung ano ang kulang ko, pero ok naman.”

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Grey, the seventh overall pick in the regular draft, made an immediate impact, coming in late in the first period in which he scored seven points, capped by a three-pointer that gave the Bolts the early lead.

“Ang iniisip ko ay laruin ko lang ang strengths ko,” Grey said. “Yun lang ang focus ko. Hindi ako masyadong nag-isip ng sobrang dami para relaxed lang yung mind ko tapos laro lang ako, enjoyin ko lang ang laro ko.”

But the former College of St. Benilde star is well aware he still needs to work on his defense and decision making to stay in Meralco coach Norman Black's rotation.

“Analyze muna yung nangyayari,” Grey said. “Crucial, naka-shoot si (Mac) Belo, sayang, ako ang nasa harap niya, kumbaga wag mong tingnan yung magaganda, isipin mo yung mga kulang.”

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