JEFF Viernes doesn’t believe Friday is his lucky day, although he admits getting a lot of jokes about it.
"Merong nagbibiro. Pero minsan naman talaga, malas ka talaga kahit anong araw," said Viernes, when asked if, as his surname suggests, Friday is like no other day for him.
Still, it was too much of a coincidence that Viernes played one of his best games on Friday night, leading underdog Jumbo Plastic to the PCBL Chairman's Cup championship at the expense of powerhouse Mighty Sports.
It's simply coincidence, the 5-9 guard insisted.
"Nagkaroon lang na suwerte," Viernes said.
But there's no doubting the big leap in Viernes' game over the last few years, which he capped with a clutch 21-point performance in Jumbo's title-clinching 80-68 win over Mighty in Game Three on Friday night.
The 27-year old has now won two championships and two MVP awards in two conferences of the PCBL - not bad for an underrated player who went undrafted in the 2013 PBA rookie draft out of little-known St. Clare College.
Viernes is in fact hoping some PBA team would soon take notice.
"Si Boss Danny na bahala sa akin," said Viernes, referring to his manager Danny Espiritu who was present during Game Three. "Kung may pagkakataon na mag-tryout, so be it."
Viernes said he isn’t frustrated about not getting a chance at the PBA, insisting that he is grateful to be playing for a living and suting up for a squad like Jumbo Plastic.
"Hindi naman (ako frustrated). Sa akin, kung ano ‘yung na-achieve mo, kung hanggang dun na lang, kung may babagsak na opportunity, i-grab mo na lang," said the shifty guard.
"Kung saan ka muna naglalaro, kailangan mo rin magpakita," Viernes added.
If it doesn't happen, Viernes said he's happy to be where he's at.
"’Yung bonding naman, maganda dahil kahit may nadadagdag, madali sila maka-adjust. Nung semis, dun talaga kami nabuo, hanggang sa nag-champion," said Viernes.
"Bonus na lang ‘to kasi mas maganda ‘yung back-to-back champion. ‘Yung back-to-back MVP, secondary na lang."