Defiant Maliksi will keep on shooting for Star
Paul Lintag on Jan 12, 2017 12:30 PM
Allein Maliksi is a scorer through and through.
Despite firing blanks in the last 40 seconds of regulation and in overtime that eventually led to a Star loss, Allein Maliksi remains unapologetic about the way he shot the ball against Alaska Wednesday.
In fact, you can pretty much guarantee that he's going to keep launching jumpers at crunch time if given another chance. It's just his nature as a scorer.
However, he's taking the blame for the not coming through for the Hotshots though.
"Siguro this game, kung isisi sa akin, okay lang. Kaya kong i-blame sa sarili ko kasi hindi ko naman na-shoot yung pampanalo. Sorry. Learning experience at sana ma-improve ko as a player yung mga ganung moment sa darating pa," Maliksi said, who finished with 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting from the field.
But before he went ice cold in the latter part of the Alaska game, the former UST Growling Tiger was en fuego in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 points.
He also made a booming triple to tie the game for the last time at 86-all before missing three straight jump shots that could have won the game for Star.
"Siyempre hindi naman tayo yung tao na 'I missed.' Mas pangit naman kung you quit trying na, mas okay yung you keep trying," Maliksi said.
"At least, I tried. Kung na-shoot ko naman, nanalo kami, credit sakin. Kung hindi, sige okay lang, sasaluhin ko kung ano man [blame]," he added.
Firing on all cylinders in the first 11:20 of the fourth quarter, Maliksi had an explanation on how he missed all three of his go-ahead baskets that included two perfectly-executed plays to give him open looks from beyond the arc.
"It's just yung proper mechanics ng shot ko. Yung timing nawala, hindi ko na nakuha yung rhythm ko. Missed shot lang," he said.
"Mechanics lang talaga ng shot ko. Yung open three late lang yung release ko kaya hindi pumasok," he added.
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