MANILA, Philippines – Phoenix forward Jason Perkins endured a tough outing in Game 3 of their 2019 PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series against San Miguel Beer on Sunday.
The reigning Rookie of the Year was called for three fouls in the first three minutes of the game, and he was forced to watch the contest from the bench for most of the first half.
Foul trouble continued to plague him in the fourth quarter, and Perkins eventually fouled out with 3:33 left in the game. He finished with just 8 points and 4 rebounds, playing a tick under 19 minutes.
"Oh no, those refs were killing me," he said afterward. "I meditated for like 30 minutes before the game today, so I'm trying not to lose my cool this time around. But tough fouls."
Fortunately for Perkins, his teammates were able to get the job done even with him struggling with foul trouble. Phoenix held on for a 92-90 win, allowing them to trim the series deficit to one game.
"We're a team," stressed Perkins. "We got guys in the back."
"It feels good, but we're not done yet, we still believe we can win. It feels good to get the first win so hopefully we'll get going," he added.
Stepping up for Phoenix were Calvin Abueva (18 points, 13 rebounds) Justin Chua (15 points) and RJ Jazul (14 points). Matthew Wright was also saddled with 3 early fouls, but got his groove late and scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter.
What's certain is that Perkins will not change his playing style even after struggling with foul trouble in a crucial game.
"I'm not gonna change the way I play," he vowed. "I'm an aggressive player, so it's fine."
Perkins is currently averaging 8.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in the semifinals for the top-seeded Fuel Masters.
Game 4 of the series is on Tuesday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
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