TERRENCE Watson is embracing the “good pressure” of trying to lead San Miguel Beer in its ambitious quest for a PBA grand slam with a championship in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
The Beermen are certainly hoping that third time’s the charm as they are surely expecting much from Watson, who’s their third import this conference after the unimpressive Terik Bridgeman and undersized workhorse Wendell Mckines.
“I’ve been playing basketball professionally for eight years now, so that (pressure) tends to happen,” Watson said on Sunday night after SMB’s 107-103 win against Ginebra. “There are a lot of guys who get cut if you don’t win; there’s always pressure no matter what team you go to: there’s pressure for guys in last place – they don’t want to finish in last place. The guys in the middle want to be up top, so there’s pressure for everybody.”
“I just have the pressure of wanting to win a championship,” the 30-year-old cager, who last played in Israel where he led his team to a runner-up finish, added. “I think it’s good pressure to have.”
The new SMB import appeared to thrive under pressure as he made a good account of himself by tallying 28 points on 11-of-21 shooting, 17 boards, four assists, two blocks, and one steal against the Gin Kings.
“It was a tough game,” Watson said. “They’re a great team, they’re tall; they’re big. We got out to an early lead, but it I was a little scared there when June Mar got in foul trouble, but we kind of put it out late.”
Watson deflected credit to the local core of Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos, June Mar Fajardo, and Marcio Lassiter, for also picking up the slack.
“I had like three days to prepare, but when you’re playing with guys like that, when you’re playing with June Mar, Alex, Ross, and those type of guys, they make it just really easy for me,” the Ball State product said.
Apart from reinforcing an already powerhouse squad, Watson is simply relishing his opportunity to play in the PBA.
“I’ve been studying, wanting to play in this league for the past four years, and every team I think kind of passed up on me,” Watson said. “They (SMB) finally gave me a shot, so I’m just studying and I know they’re going for a grand slam. I’m just happy they brought me here to be a part of it.”