PBA Philippine Cup

Emotional Perkins tows Phoenix to 1st win despite news of father suffering stroke

Delfin Dioquino
Emotional Perkins tows Phoenix to 1st win despite news of father suffering stroke

FIRST WIN. Jason Perkins and Phoenix break through after opening the season with back-to-back losses.

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'I was definitely thinking of him,' says Jason Perkins as he delivers all-around numbers to key Phoenix to its maiden victory

ANTIPOLO, Philippines – It looked like nothing bothered Jason Perkins as he towed Phoenix to its first win in the PBA Philippine Cup.

Perkins churned out all-around numbers of 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists to lead the way in the Fuel Masters’ 97-74 thumping of the Terrafirma Dyip on Friday, June 17.

But Perkins – hailed Player of the Game – failed to contain his emotions as he begged off from the customary post-game interview with coach Topex Robinson and sobbed on the way out of the press room. 

“My father, before the game, he got a stroke and he is not doing too good right now,” Perkins told reporters just before leaving the Ynares Center here. 

“I was kind of holding my emotions into this so I can play in the game. After the game, it kind of just hit me.” 

Perkins used his father as inspiration instead as he finished the game with an impressive plus-minus of +27.

He also steadied the ship for Phoenix after Terrafirma sliced a 35-point deficit to just 14 points in the fourth quarter by scoring 5 unanswered points that gave his side an 82-63 lead en route to the 23-point romp. 

“I was definitely thinking of him. Basketball, the court is my getaway place, my safe place. I just want to enjoy winning with my team,” Perkins said. 

Although playing with a heavy heart, Perkins is glad to see the Fuel Masters finally break through after starting the season with back-to-back losses. 

“We needed to have fun on the court together again. It was a big win. We really needed it.” – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.