Denzel Bowles and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters are still in the process of 'getting to know you', so more or less that explains the team's lack of chemistry.
He tallied 28 points -- including 16 in the fourth quarter - that went with his 14 rebounds, five assists, a steal, and a block to power ROS to an 89-82 come-from-behind victory against Phoenix.
Now in his fourth tour of duty in the Philippine Basketball Association, Bowles said his role at ROS is far more different from the kind of game he played with his previous teams.
"This is a different offense for me. I'm still adjusting to my teammates and they're adjusting to me. I think every game we're getting better and better," Bowles said.
No doubt about that.
Testament to it was Sunday's game against Phoenix with Bowles putting on the same vintage performance that earned him the best import award back in 2010-11 season of the same conference while playing for B-Meg.
"It felt like a vintage me, back a [few] years ago when I played here," said Bowles, who last played in the league in 2016 with Star Hotshots. "The takeover like that, it felt really good."
Bowles said he also took advantage of the absence Phoenix import Richard Howell, who fouled out with still 3:40 left to play.
The Fuel Masters were up by seven at the time but the banishment of Howell, also a former best import awardee, proved costly.
Bowles feasted inside the paint and his three-point play with 2:20 left gave ROS an 82-80 lead it never relinquished.
"Luckily, the import fouled out and I just wanted to take over and give us a chance to win it," Bowles said.
The ElastoPainters improved to 2-2 (win-lost) record. (JB)