IN his brief PBA career, Jai Reyes has spent most of his time on the bench, cheering on his more illustrious teammates.
His dream of becoming an All-Star remained as that — a dream.
But that dream may turn out to be a reality in the MPBL when the league put up a collection of best individual players from 26 teams to play in the first ever All-Star Game on March 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Days leading to the All-Stars, Reyes put in one of his games of his career as he finished with a personal best 33 points while powering the Navotas Clutch to a hard-earned victory over the powerhouse Manila Stars.
Reyes admitted that the All-Star Game is a motivation for him to play a notch higher. By doing so, he’ll be able to help out his team more — and that’s exactly what he did when he personally bested his younger, equally efficient counterpart Chris Bitoon.
“Lahat naman kaming mga players, gusto naming maging All-Star, kahit pa sabihing fans votes yan, gusto naming maging starter,” Reyes told FOX PH. “It’s a motivation for me. I played in the pros and I’ve never been selected. I’ve never been one. But right now, I’m coming off a 15-month lay off, I’m so excited to be given the opportunity of possibly playing in the All-Star Game.”
“Kung kailan tumanda tsaka natutong magpakundisyon.”
Reyes was a key contributor for Navotas not just in terms of scoring but also providing leadership.
His coach, Gabby Severino, could attest to that.
“It’s easier for me to coach with a player like Jai. He makes big shots and he is also a leader on the floor,” added Severino.
Reyes is currently in the mix and included in the top 10 among guards selected by fans. With still two days left, he still has time to churn up more votes.