WHEN Justin Brownlee played in the PBA Governor's Cup for Ginebra last season, the squad's longtime need for a dependable shooter was solved - for a while.
But If Kevin Ferrer keeps on shooting the way he did in Game Two of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals, the long-term solution for the squad's shooting woes may have been solved.
Ferrer lit up San Miguel with 21 points, 18 in a sizzling second quarter to give Ginebra some headway before escaping with a 124-118 overtime victory in Lucena last Sunday.
The lanky rookie definitely impressed coach Tim Cone to the point of putting Ferrer's name in the same line with their beloved import.
"Kevin has been key the whole conference in giving us an added dimension that we had when we had Justin Brownlee," Cone told reporters after the game.
"He was doing a lot of stuff that Kevin is doing now. They play a similar game. The two of them. It's just that Justin is an NBA quality player and that's the big difference but he adds that dimension that we lacked from last conference," he added.
Ferrer, for his part, shrugged of the compliment but vowed to strive harder to get better as he looks to live up to the expectations of his legendary head coach.
"Wow. Iba yun ah. Sobrang ano, siyempre, compare lang naman e. I'll just keep on doing the right thing, sundin lang ang plano ni coach. Thank you lang kay coach," Ferrer said.
Cone, however, made it clear that his prized recruit is far from a finished product.
There would be times where he'll miss a defensive rotation - as every rookie does - and that's an aspect where Ferrer should improve on if Cone's to be asked.
"He's still learning the game. Made a couple of defensive mistakes in the second half, but it's really hard for the rookies to understand all the techniques that we do defensively," Cone continued.
At this point, it's all about taking the good from the bad in Ferrer. And with what he did today, it looks like Ginebra got the better part of that exchange.
"It kind of disrupts us a bit, but on the other hand, we're getting some great offense from him," said Cone