Outback Steakhouse Sports Spotlight: Petras Balocka

Outback Steakhouse Sports Spotlight: Petras Balocka
Petras Balocka, in white, center
Petras Balocka, in white, center

MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - When Petras Balocka is on the court, passion is never a problem.

"I'd rather be like I am than just walk and act like I don't care," Balocka said. "That's how I am, I want to win every time."

That emotion can be traced back to his parents.

Balocka's father Vytautus pushed him to become the best basketball player he could be.

Balocka never got to see his father play professional basketball, and when he returns home every two years he seeks out his fathers advice.

"He's always been like that," he said, "I never wait for a compliment from him, I always wait, 'was there something wrong.' Even if I have a perfect game, there's going to be some things I did wrong."

Even during his 20-point 20-rebound game there was still something to work on in his fathers eyes.

"'You didn't guard a man the right way. You shot the ball the wrong way.'" Balocka recalls his father saying. "It's always something and I think it's good because I continue to work on it."

That work ethic landed Balocka on the Lithuanian National Team and eventually brought him to the United States at the age of 15 to play prep ball in Georgia.

It's a long journey that's allowed him to become fluent in 4 different languages.

What hasn't changed is his language of basketball, which has helped him average career highs in points and rebounds this season.