Returning PBA import John Fields had a forgettable debut game for the Magnolia Hotshots, Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The 31-year old Fields could only come up with 12 points and 6 boards in 30 minutes of action against the surging Alaska Aces, a far cry from the 29-point, 19-rebound per game averages he submitted during his first stint in the league with the Columbian Dyip.
As a result, the Hotshots absorbed a 23-point beating, 103-80, to open their 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign.
Incidentally, the 6-foot-9 American’s baptism of fire in the PBA came against the very same team. The game happened last May 4, 2018 and Fields and the Dyip were destroyed by the Aces by 31-points.
“You know, Alaska got me two years in a row coming in and they beat me by a lot. So it’s not what I wanted. Disappointed in the result, disappointed in the way I played,” said Fields.
Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero, however, is taking the defeat in stride and is giving his import time to recover from the injured he sustained during practice.
“Si John kasi, actually may problema siya sa ankle niya. Two days before our game, na-sprain yung ankle niya. Unfair din naman doon sa import natin, pinilit lang niya maglaro today,” said the former PBA player.
“I will talk to John on Friday kung ano yung situation ng ankle. Yung games namin na susunod, talagang importante yan. I don’t know kung ano pa yung mafi-feel niya doon sa ankle niya but I will try to talk to him on Friday,” added Victolero.
The Hotshots will have a one-week break before playing three straight games – June 12 against NorthPort, June 14 against NLEX and June 16 against Columbian.