IT'S like Terrence Jones hasn't left TnT Katropa with the way KJ McDaniels has been playing for the team in the PBA Governors Cup.
With height and playing position as the only given discrepancies, the two imports actually play the same unselfish style of basketball according to Troy Rosario that McDaniels mirrored what Jones was doing and dishing during his successful stint with the franchise in the last Commissioner’s Cup.
It didn’t come as a surprise then that the Katropa are off to another blazing start after booking their third win in the season-ending conference Wednesday night by defeating Phoenix, 123-118.
“Si KJ parang si Terrence Jones din kasi willing passer din. So gumagalaw talaga yung bola,” said Rosario following a sizzling 32-point job at the end of the game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
McDaniels, a former teammate of Jones with Houston Rockets, had another all-around performance of 32 points, eight rebounds, and six assists in the victory that put the Katropa side by side with idle NLEX (3-0) on top of the standings.
His selfless plays has been allowing the likes of Rosario, Roger Pogoy, Jayson Castro, Don Trollano, and the rest of the Katropa to thrive the way Jones did with the team when he led the Katropa to the finals of the midseason tournament.
Difference this time, Rosario has assumed the position Jones played when he suited up for TnT, while McDaniels has taken over the spot of the stretch 4 forward.
“Yun ang puwesto ko dati (McDaniels). Parang nilalaro ko yung puwesto ni Terrence Jones ngayon. Spot up sa three points, getting offensive rebounds, paminsan-minsan aatake,” he said of the switch in his playing role this tournament.
Phoenix bore the brunt of that adjustment as the 6-foot-7 Rosario punished the Fuel Masters with barrage of shooting from three-point range.
The National University product was a 6-of-6 from downtown in the second half and finished 6-of-9 overall.
“First half talagang hindi ako maka-shoot. So kailangan ko talagang tuluy-tuloy lang tumira kasi yun ang ibinibigay sa akin, e,” he said. “Good thing na pumasok yung mga tira ko, nakatulong sa amin para makuha yung panalo na ito.”