Coming into a conference with gigantic imports, Dorian Peña’s main role for Petron was to relieve June Mar Fajardo and their import and provide the inside intimidation in limited minutes. His role was to hold the fort down low and grab rebounds when their primary front court players take a breather.
For an aging center like Dorian Peña whose role has been decreasing as years go by, he did a pretty good job with the limited minutes he got in a conference wherein imports with seemingly towering heights bannered every team. Grabbing boards, stopping the other team’s front court, giving some solid fouls – those are expected from the 35-year-old slot man. Despite averaging only a little less than a point per game, Dorian was able to do his job in giving their main front line players relief as he was able to tally 3.7 boards a game in just 12.4 minutes of action.
In a talent-laden team like Petron that is loaded in all positions, expectations would be low for Dorian Peña. This conference, Petron has the luxury of playing big with June Mar Fajardo in the center spot and an import manning the power forward position most of the time. Hence, Peña’s minutes went down and his numbers dropped. Are there any negatives that Peña brought for the team? There might be but given his 12.4 minutes of playing time per game, it wasn’t really a major factor.
Dorian Peña was able to do what was expected from him. His stats might say otherwise but his inside presence whenever June Mar or their import sits down was kind of valuable given the fact that he was used in a limited amount of time.
How about you? How did you find the Junkyard Dawg’s performance in the recently concluded Commissioner’s Cup?
Petron Blaze Boosters Approval Ratings
|Dorian Peña||Chico Lanete||Joseph Yeo||June Mar Fajardo||Dennis Miranda|
|Jay Washington||Ronald Tubid||Arwind Santos||Marcio Lassiter|