RR Garcia is slowly but surely reaching his potential in the Philippine Basketball Association.
So far this season, the former UAAP Most Valuable Player has been a steady force for Barako Bull and has helped the Energy to a fair start in the ongoing Philippine Cup.
In the Energy’s 93-85 victory over Mahindra, Garcia registered a career-high 26 points, as he displayed both his scoring and playmaking abilities which had paid dividends for Barako Bull’s offense.
Barako Bull coach Koy Banal said Garcia is slowly evolving into a better pro player.
“RR (Garcia) keeps on improving. He’s a very smart player who will do whatever you ask from him,’’ said Banal. “We’re thankful we have him on our side.’’
Banal even added that Garcia still has a lot of upside in his game now that he is on his third year as a pro.
“I really like his (Garcia) skills. If he continues to put the effort day in and day out both in games and in practice, the sky is the limit for him,’’ he said.
Currently, Barako Bull is at the upper half of the echelon with its 3-2 slate and it is in a good place at the moment.
Garcia’s tandem with veteran JC Intal is also becoming a key factor in the run of Barako Bull.
“We’re at 3-2 now and we’re hoping we can sustain it,’’ said Banal. “We need to keep sharpening our iron and continue helping each other for the growth of our team.’’
And with the new addition to Barako Bull in sophomore Rodney Brondial, who fills the spot left by Jervy Cruz who was dealt to Barangay Ginebra, the Energy becomes an even potent force.
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