JASON PERKINS will have an inspiration around during the UAAP Season 76 seniors basketball finals.
The De La Salle Green Archers’ forward's Filipino mother, Jennifer, has arrived from the US precisely to show her support as the wide-bodied Perkins tries to win win a UAAP title right on his first try.
Perkins’ mother arrived in the country just in time to see his son play in Game One of their title series against University of Santo Tomas and is staying for the duration of the title series.
The left-handed Perkins said he is happy that his mother came all the way from Minnesota to see him play and vowed to do everything to play well.
“I’m really happy,” Perkins said. “It’s always nice to have my mom proud.”
“Whenever I can put a smile on my mother, I’m happy too,” added Perkins.
For sure, his mother will be around to see Perkins feted as a member of the league's Mythical Five for his solid play with the Green Archers in his first season in the UAAP team.
Perkins said that the award would be even nicer if the Green Archers won this season’s crown.
“I was shocked,” said Perkins of the place in the Mythical Five. “It was nice for a little bit but my goal really is to win the championship. That’s what I care about."
Perkins acknowledged that while La Salle may have the size advantage, UST can still muscle its way around inside.
“I think we are bigger but we can’t underestimate UST’s big men. Even though they are smaller, they are also talented. They are still good players. Hopefully, we can try to overpower them,” said Perkins.
Perkins expects the same kind of intensity as La Salle aims to come back for Game Two after losing to UST in the series opener last Wednesday, 73-72.
“Both teams want it so it’s going to be a war out there,” Perkins said.