MANILA, Philippines – Despite his team’s 82-87 loss to Rain or Shine on Monday, Air21’s Eliud Poligrates is grateful for being given more playing time against the Elasto Painters.
The 26-year-old guard played a conference-high 24 minutes during his breakout performance against Rain or Shine, while helping Air21 climb back from a 13-point deficit.
“First time ulit dito sa Air21. 'Yun 'yung pinakamahabang playing time ko dito,” said Poligrates in the PBA website.
The last time he was given a longer playing time was when he played in front of his Cebu provincemates during the Philippine Cup. Back then, he was still part of the Talk ‘N Text squad.
He did not disappoint at the Araneta Coliseum on Monday, displaying a shifty playing style, while unloading seven of his 13 points in the fourth quarter. He eventually impressed the spectators despite Air21 losing a close battle.
“Ganun naman talaga ‘yung laro ko. Aggressive lang, depensa lang muna tapos lalabas din yung laro mo,” said Poligrates.
He hopes Air21 coach Franz Pumaren will let him play more when they plunge into the quarterfinals.
“Sana 'di mag-iba 'yung isip ni coach, na napagkakatiwalaan niya ako ng playing time,” he said. “Depende lang din sa coach 'yan tsaka depende rin sa itatakbo namin sa practice.”