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After solid PBA debut, Carl Montgomery says he'll only get better

by Niel Victor Masoy, July 11, 2019 5:49pm

New Rain or Shine import Carl Montgomery put up a solid PBA debut on Wednesday as the Elasto Painters beat the Magnolia Hotshots, 86-82, at the Araneta Coliseum to boost their playoff bid in the ongoing Commissioner's Cup.

Montgomery unleashed 20 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocks for the now 4-5 Elasto Painters.

As good as he was, the 30-year-old American said he is still adjusting to the Philippine brand of basketball. He just arrived here in the country on Monday, after all.

"It's a very physcical game. I felt like I'm playing to the best of my abilities and my team picked me up when I wasn't doing so well in the fourth quarter. They picked me up and we were able to get the win," Montgomery said.

The former Chicago State standout shared he'll only get better as he get used to the physicality of the PBA.

"I'm adjusting to the physicality, I have to get used to it. I've only been here for three days. I will keep getting better and I'll be okay." 

Montgomery is Rain or Shine's replacement for Denzel Bowles, who sustained a meniscus tear against the Alaska Aces on July 6. 

The 6-foot-8 Montgomery shared Bowles gave him some pointers prior to his first PBA game.

"Denzel told me to just play my game and play free. Don't think too much because it's your first game. Just give as much as effort as you can on both ends of the court." 

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