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    Struggling JWash relives old shooting ritual to regain back his touch

    Sep 20, 2013

    JAY Washington relived back the past in his bid to regain the old, shooting touch that once made him a two-time PBA Best Player of the Conference awardee.

    Struggling with his shooting touch for the most part of the Governors Cup, the 6-foot-7 forward spent a solitary time in the gym this week, a practice he said he used to do a lot during his college days in Eckerd, and in an instant, something lit up in him.

    “This week, I just got back to my college days and shooting in the gym by myself and putting the extra time, just feeling comfortable out there getting into a rhythm,” Washington said after helping Globalport clinch a first ever PBA playoff appearance for the franchise right in its rookie season.

    Washington erupted for 30 points, 14 rebounds, and five blocks to lead the Batang Pier to a 113-106 overtime win against highly-popular Barangay Ginebra.

    Both his total output in scoring and block shots were career-highs, which inspired the Batang Pier all the more, especially in the extra period when they pulled away for good against the pesky Kings.

    The 31-year-old Washington said he’s been frustrated with the way his outside shooting had conk out in the season-ending conference, where he’s only 28.7 percent from the field in the team’s first eight games.

    “After struggling the whole conference, man, I’ve always been a shooter and it’s been frustrating. I don’t know if it’s because of the minutes I’m getting now or the expectation of the team. I just couldn’t figure out my shot,” he added.

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    The Globalport Fil-Am forward, however, was thankful for the all-out support of the coaching staff and management, who stuck with him even though he struggles right in his conference with the franchise owned by sportsman-businessman Mikee Romero.

    “I got a lot of support from my coaches and management. And not giving me the cold shoulder (treatment) but just the support, I appreciate that and that helped me,” he said.

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