McKay a man on a mission as he carries Phoenix to victory
Paul Lintag on Apr 21, 2017 08:58 PM
Jameel McKay wound up with a conference-high 42 points on top of 22 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks as Pheonix snapped a two-game slide.
Taking responsibilty for Phoenix's Holy Wednesday collapse, import Jameel McKay made sure to put the Fuel Masters in a winning position anew as the team took on the Alaska Aces Friday night.
And unlike that bummer against defending champion Rain or Shine, Phoenix managed to pull off a victory to get back on the winning track for the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
McKay in particular looked like a man on a mission as the towering reinforcement powered the Fuel Masters early, dropping 17 points in the first quarter to set the tone for the rest of the contest.
He wound up with a conference-high 42 on top of 22 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks.
"I took ownership of that [ROS collapse] and wanted to come out to make sure that I put us in a situation to win again," McKay said. "We came through."
Easily his best performance in the PBA to date, McKay says he has a lot more to give for Phoenix.
He wasn't necessarily talking about more stats.
"I got a lot more wins to get, that's the most important thing. Regardless of my individual stats, if I come out there and I just have 10 points and 25 rebounds and we win, I'll still be happy," he said.
"It's just all about winning right now," McKay added.
To help Phoenix win though, McKay has to stay on the floor to end games. That means he's going to have to make sure he doesn's get caught off guard by cramps again.
"Just got to continue to take care of my body. I never felt them before [cramps], it kinda caught me bu surprise," McKay said.
"I stay pretty hydrated so I guess I just played a little harder today," he added.
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