A type of person who’s really determined to win not only for himself, but also for the team. Perkins demonstrated this when he guided the Phoenix to triumph versus Terrafirma. Perkins also already proves that you really can win a game despite tragedy in your life. Perkins set standards as an athlete.
ANTIPOLO – Despite an entire family matter in the United States, Jason Perkins powered Phoenix Super LPG to victory on Thursday night
Perkins recently revealed too that his father experienced a stroke, which is something that he discovered just before the game versus Terrafirma. He was emotionally after the match and graciously denied any involvement in the postgame joint news conference.
Perkins stated his father was on his mind of course all during the game when he was getting interviewed after the game in the dugout.
“My father, before the game, he had a stroke. He is not doing too good right now,” Perkins specifically stated. “I was kinda holding my emotions today so I can play in the game. But after the game, it hit me. I just want to be with my teammates.”
Perkins used to have a solid performance, scoring with such as 17 points, nine rebounds, plus five assists in Terrafirma’s 97 to 74 final victory.
“I was definitely thinking of him. Basketball on the court is my getaway place, my safe place. I just want to enjoy the game with my team,” Perkins clearly stated.
His active participation was indeed absolutely crucial for Phoenix, who ultimately won an important matchup to eventually move to 1 to 2.
“It’s definitely big. We needed it. We need to fix our energy and we need to have fun on the court together again,” said Perkins. Perkins explained.
More on Jason Perkins
Jason Andre Perkins (born September 20, 1992) is a professional basketball player for the Philippine Basketball Association’s Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters (PBA).
Perkins was one of 215 players selected for the 2015 PBA D-League draft on December 1, 2015. The Caida Tiles Masters selected him first overall in the PBA D-League draft held at PBA Café in Metrowalk, Pasig, on December 1, 2015. He scored 17 points in the quarterfinals of the 2016 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup to advance his team to the semifinals.
For the 2017 season, Perkins joined with the Cignal-San Beda Hawkeyes. He made his Philippine Cup debut with 10 points, nine rebounds, and two assists in 21 minutes, but the Fuel Masters lost to the San Miguel Beermen due to foul trouble.
In a win over the Cafe France-CEU Bakers, he scored 14 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field, then followed that up with a double-double of 19 points and 18 rebounds in a win over Wangs Basketball. He finished first for Cignal with 24 points. They advanced to the Finals, where he led the Hawkeyes with 28 points and 8 rebounds in Game 1 of their victory over the Racal Tile Masters. He scored 21 points in Game 3, including the game-winning three pointer that won Cignal the Aspirants’ Cup championship.
Perkins guided his side to the semifinals of the Foundation Cup with 18 points (including the game-winning layup) and 10 rebounds. They advanced to the championship round, where they faced the CEU Scorpions. Cignal won its second championship as the Hawkeyes swept the Scorpions in two games.
On his PBA career
The Phoenix Fuel Masters selected Perkins fourth overall in the 2017 Draft. He made his Philippine Cup debut with 10 points, nine rebounds, and two assists in 21 minutes, but the Fuel Masters lost to the San Miguel Beermen due to foul trouble. He assisted the club in gaining its first-ever twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, when they placed second in the 2018 Governors’ Cup eliminations with an 8 – 3 W – L record, but they lost two consecutive games to the Meralco Bolts. After averaging 12.1 points per game, he was voted Rookie of the Year at the end of the season. All-Rookie team with 6.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists.
Perkins faced former college teammate Abu Tratter, who was playing for the Blackwater Elite, in the 2019 Philippine Cup. He only scored 15 points in that game, but they beat the Elite. He sank a corner three and a free throw with 19.1 seconds left to complete a comeback win for Phoenix over the Magnolia Hotshots. Later, he was an All Star and played in the Rookies / Sophomores vs. Juniors game. He scored a new career best of 31 points in the quarterfinals against the Alaska Aces, sending Phoenix to its first-ever semifinals. They were defeated by the Beermen in the playoffs in five games of a best of seven series.
He had 30 points and eight rebounds against the Rain or Shine Elastopainters in the 2020 Philippine Cup, helping the Fuel Masters secure the #2 seeds. The Fuel Masters beat the Hotshots in the first round, but their hopes of reaching the finals were dashed when they lost to the TNT Katropa in the semifinals’ elimination game.
He scored 28 points in the 2021 Philippine Cup, ending Terrafirma Dyip’s three-game winning streak. He only had 11 points and nine rebounds in the 2021 Governors’ Cup, as the Hotshots terminated Phoenix’s season.
National Team career
Along with Chris Newsome, CJ Perez, and Moala Tautuaa, he was named to the Gilas 3×3 team at the SEA Games. That team went on to win the gold medal by sweeping their rivals in eight games.