Import Jason Forte is just glad to play his first PBA game in four years.
With limited playing time on floor, the 6-foot-3 Forte still managed to contribute 10 points, six rebounds and one steal, before spending much of the second half watching the ROS local players put the finishing touches against a dangerous Enforcer side.
“I’m not really tired. I’m just happy to be back because it’s easy to really adjust to being physically exhausted, but mentally and emotionally, it will take a toll because of the excitement,” Forte told media men after playing just 17 minutes in Rain or Shine’s 103-88 win over giant killer Mahindra Friday night.
At 4-4, Rain or Shine galvanized its playoffs hopes, moving into the middle of the standings to tie Phoenix. The Fuel Masters spanked skidding Star Hotshots earlier in the day, 106-93.
The 32-year-old former Southern Mississippi standout promised to just keep getting better, especially as his body adjusts to the weather and the time in Manila since he only arriving at 4 a.m. on Thursday.
“I’m glad to be back. Got the first game jitters out, as you can see me from the free throw line, so I’m taking my time, not really rushing with things,” added Forte, who shot an atrocious 1-of-8 from the foul line.
With just one day to practice before returning to action on Sunday, Forte is confident that the Elasto Painters can get themselves back in playoff contention with another win against the NLEX Road Warriors.
“I’ll be there early in (Saturday) practice early, working on some things and I think I’m gonna get a better game personally for me,” he said.
“But I want us as a team to collectively get a better game because we control our own destiny,” stressed Forte, who played for Air21 in 2010, before seeing action for Alaska in 2011 and 2012.
“I feel like if we win on Sunday, we put ourselves in a good seat for the quarterfinals.” – Richard Dy
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