AIR21 import Dominique Sutton said he doesn't mind the physicality in the PBA, adding he is ready to adjust to the referees’ calls in the course of the Governors Cup.
Sutton, the 6-4 product of North Carolina Central, debuted for the Express with 25 points, 10 rebounds and four assists as he shrugged off foul trouble to help Air21 notch its first-ever victory over Rain or Shine.
The wide-bodied Sutton also kept his cool during the course of the game despite being the target of Rain or Shine big men Beau Belga and Raymond Almazan’s physical plays every time he attacked the basket.
“I’m used to it. I like the physicality of the game. It’s part of the game of basketball, but we’ll see how it goes from here,” said the 27-year-old Air21 reinforcement.
Sutton said once he gets his wind back in the next few weeks, he’ll be able to come out with a much better performance, especially since he is eager to redeem himself from a so-so stint in Greece.
“I feel pretty good, coming from Greece and coming out here (in the PBA) and not playing so well in Greece and just get my confidence to play basketball. It felt pretty good,” added the 215-pound NBA D-League veteran, who averaged just 9.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in his 24-game stint with Ikaros in the Greek basketball league.
“Once I get some wind a little bit and get some legs beneath me, I can bring defensive intensity and rebounding,” he said. “I still have to feel how the refs call the game but I just have to adjust.”