It took quite some time, but Roosevelt Adams is slowly but surely showing the qualities that made him the No. 1 overall pick in the recent PBA draft.
Adams played the finest game of his young PBA career with 20 points, 16 rebounds, and 2 steals as Terrafirma toppled Blackwater, 110-101, for its first win in the Philippine Cup.
“It is tough having so much high expectations coming each game and so much pressure,” Adams said.
The expectations certainly got the best of Adams as he struggled early in the All-Filipino conference, failing to score in double figures in 4 games and shooting below 30% thrice.
But Adams was a model of efficiency against Blackwater after converting 6 of his 10 field goals, including an impressive 4-of-7 clip from long distance.
Adams’ career-game helped Terrafirma end a year-long win drought – the team snapping a 10-game losing streak dating back to last season and winning for the first time since October 2019.
“I just have to continue to play my game and today, I showed it. I wanted to win so much today. This one is for the team,” Adams said.
Terrafirma head coach Johnedel Cardel said he has kept faith in Adams, believing the best is yet to come from his prized rookie.
“He was really out of timing coming into this bubble,” Cardel said in a mix of Filipino and English. “But for me, he is a very good, athletic player. He also has a very good attitude.”
“He is still learning. This is the top league, this is the PBA. This is a physical game so he has to improve his body so that he can compete,” he added.
Still alive in the playoff hunt with a 1-7 record, Terrafirma will need the same kind of performance from Adams in its last 3 games as it tries to make late push for the quarterfinals. – Rappler.com