TALK ‘N Text coach Jong Uichico insisted Steffphon Pettigrew will be sticking around despite the American import’s recent offensive struggles in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
The Tropang Texters’ 98-91 win over Blackwater on Friday that snapped a four-game skid overshadowed the sub-par offensive showing of Pettigrew, who came in averaging just 17 points in his last two games after norming 27.5 markers in his first six.
The come-from-behind win against the Elite marked a new low for Pettigew, who contributed just seven points and six boards in 28 foul-plagued minutes — the first time he failed to score in double figures and only the third time he didn’t reach twin digits in rebounding in the tournament.
But Uichico is keeping his faith in the Western Kentucky University product, who went undrafted in the 2011 NBA Draft.
“Wala naman (plan to change import),” Uichico said. "It’s hard to pinpoint (our difficulties) solely on the import.”
Pettigrew said he was satisfied with his performance against the Elite as a whole. His Asian counterpart in Sam Daghles registered 15 points, five boards, and four assists in 30 minutes.
“Overall, it’s more than offense in basketball and I think I played solid defense tonight,” the 6-foot-4 forward said. “I tried to help as much as I could tonight, but it’s a team sport and we came together as a team.”
Texters local star Jayson Castro echoed his sentiment.
“Sa performance namin, team 'yung tinitingan ko lagi eh,” he said. “Even if hindi kami maka-score lahat, basta manalo lang kami, okay kami.”
“Kesa yung umiiskor kami lahat then talo,” Castro, who also scored just seven points, was quick to add. “So 'yung game ngayon maganda, kasi lahat ng score may balance, hindi kagaya before, ako lang, si Ranidel (de Ocampo), tsaka yung import.”
Four Texters scored in twin digits against the Elite.
“At least yung bench namin, maganda yung contribution,” Castro said. “Siguro yun yung key para manalo talaga kami eh.”