MANILA, Philippines – Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black hopes to see more from Jerome Jordan after the import averaged only 11 points and five rebounds in the Tropang Texters quarter-finals series against Petron Blaze in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The Texters swept the best-of-three series against the Blaze Boosters, but it was TNT’s locals who did most of the heavy lifting as Jordan struggled with fouls.
“Give a lot of credit to the locals,” Black said in an interview with the PBA website. “They stepped up when Jerome was on the bench with foul trouble. They just delivered.”
Black did commend Jordan for stepping up in crunch time, as the import scored six points and grabbed three rebounds in the fourth period, including four consecutive points that broke a 79-all tie.
“Jerome did deliver for us in the end, with his production and rebounding in the end game,” the multi-titled coach said.
But Black is hoping to get more production from Jordan in the semi-finals, where they will take on either the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters or the Barangay Ginebra Kings.
“Jerome’s young, he’s only 26. I think he’s not really accustomed or used to the physical play here in the PBA, which is strange because they have much bigger players in the NBA and in the NBA D-League,” Black said.
“Hopefully, he’s just getting used to the physicality,” he added. “Let’s see what happens in the next series, what the match-ups are gonna be like.”
In Game 2 against Petron Sunday night, Jordan scored 11 points, but Ranidel de Ocampo fired 17, Jayson Castro added 16 and Ryan Reyes had 14 points as the Texters won 96-86.