Cebuano rookie guard Eliud Poligrates showed the fans that he deserved to be in the PBA and proved that if he will be given playing time by Air 21 Coach Franz Pumaren, he will surely deliver.
But the Air 21 rookie guard admitted that he needs to learn more playing in the pro league and even said that the Express’ fourth-quarter meltdown against San Miguel Beer is a learning experience.
The Express blew an 18-point advantage and allowed the Beermen to outscore them in the final quarter,38-12, on the way to a 93-85 come-from-behind win for the Beermen on Wednesday night in the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup.
The 5-8 Poligrates was a picture of frustration at the end of the game, putting the blame on himself for failing to steady the Express' ship when San Miguel was making its run in the fourth quarter.
“Dapat kasi sa fourth quarter iha-handle ko 'yun. Eh nagkagulo. So iyun (backcourt leadership) ang dapat ko matutunan,” said the Camotes Island native. Poligrates' Resurgence
The Southwestern University standout was surprisingly given playing time by Coach Pumaren and instantly delivered with a near double-double performance of 13 points and nine rebounds in Air21’s 82-87 loss to Rain or Shine last Monday.
But San Miguel knew Poligrates potential and throw defensive guard Chris Ross on him. With Ross pressuring the pesky guard all through out the game, Poligrates could only finish with four points and one assist in 24 minutes while turning the ball over twice during the Beermen's comeback.
Poligrates said he will learn from the experience.
“Iyung pagkakamali namin sa fourth quarter, nabaligtad eh. Kasi dapat kami ang nagpe-pressure. Eh kami ang na-pressure,” rued the 28th overall rookie pick of Talk ‘N Text last year.
“Ganun talaga takbo sa laro, sa susunud bawi na lang.” With how Poligrates admitted his fault, expect him to learn a lot from his journey in the PBA that could make him a household name in the league.
Poligrates will once again maneuver the Express offense come Playoff time as they are already assured of the spot. The Express finished their single-round eliminations with a 3-6 (win-loss) card, but their seedings in the Playoffs now hinging on the Ginebra-Rain or Shine match on Easter Sunday. Rain Or Shine has a 4-4 win-loss record while Ginebra is 3-5. --- with reports from Spin.ph
Air 21 guard Eliud Poligrates proving he deserved to be in the PBA but admits he needs to learn more
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