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.
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.