Barangay Ginebra import Othyus Jeffers felt a little bit of nostalgia after getting a first-hand experience of a Manila Clasico showdown.
“It’s awesome, it reminded me of a couple of college games back home but the main thing that I got from it is that it feels good to win,” said Jeffers, who played for University of Illinois at Chicago and Robert Morris University in college.
Playing in 1 of the biggest crowds he witnessed, Jeffers contributed 23 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists for the Gin Kings, who survived a 3rd-quarter meltdown to record their 2nd win in 4 outings.
“They (My Ginebra teammates) told me beforehand that it was one of the biggest games in the Philippine and the two teams always draw a big crowd and I’m just glad I’m part of it,” the import told FOX Sports.
With the game living up to the billing, Star earned Jeffers’s respect and couldn’t hide his excitement on when they will meet again.
“It’s a good thing, that’s a good team, I’m not saying we gonna meet each other early but somebody gotta make it to the championship and hopefully Ginebra’s one of the teams,” he said, crediting the Hotshots’ resiliency on why the game went the distance.
As he helped the Gin Kings fans rejoice in their victory, Jeffers wants the fans to know that this is just the start to end Ginebra’s 8-year championship drought.
“There’s more to come, thank you for being a great fan, we are training really hard and practice, we are going each other really hard and we want to win,” he said. — By Jason Mercene