IMPORT Oluseyi Ashaolu expects to perfectly fit in at NLEX and to the PBA’s style of play once he fully gets going come the season-ending Governors Cup.
While he had some moments during his debut game for the Road Warriors Wednesday night, Ashaolu admitted there’s still a lot of room for improvement for him especially after the team suffered a 116-89 beating against Magnolia Pambansang Manok to end its Commissioner’s Cup campaign on a losing note.
The 30-year-old Nigerian-Canadian however, did show potential as he finished with a game-high 31 points on 9-of-18 shooting and added 12 rebounds as he took over the place of Arnett Moultrie to prepare early for NLEX’s stint in the final conference of the season.
“We competed. I have some good moments. But from my perspective as a first time, we got some chemistry lesson (to learn),” he said after playing his first game at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“We were on the same page as teammates, but you’re not going to be on the same page if you’re first time with the team. So it’s a little adjustment I have to make.”
The Road Warriors capped their elimination round campaign with a 2-9 record after losing their last five outings and fail to advance into the playoffs.
Ashaolu, who finds Filipino food amazing, has already been in the country for two weeks now, giving him the time to get to know better the Road Warriors’ system.
Even more, NLEX will be competing in a pocket meet (Super 8 Basketball Tournament) in Macao by next week, which the import said would be a perfect chance to further bond with his teammates.
“That would be an opportunity for me to jell with my team, to get to know each other,” said Ashaolu, noting how he committed most of the Road Warriors’ turnovers against the Hotshots.
At the same time, he added the need for him to adjust of playing longer minutes and to the physical nature of the game here compared when he played in Japan the past four years.
“It’s a 48-minute game compared to a 40-minute game. So that’s a bit of an adjustment for me,” said the former Louisiana Tech and Oregon alum, who had been playing in Japan’s B. League since 2014.
The physicality of playing here suits him fine, though.
“Playing with a lot of contact is more suited to my kind of basketball,” said the NLEX import. “Now I kind of going back to playing the way I like to play.”
Now that’s certainly bad news for the opposition.