Allein Malicsi? Who?
Paul Lintag on May 12, 2017 10:15 PM
What was thought to be a typo at first turned out to be true as Star's resident Hotshot did have the letter "C" instead of the usual letter "K" at the back of his jersey.
Manila, Philippines --- From Jayson William to Paul Dalistan, suiting up for Gilas Pilipinas means your "real" name will be revealed to the world.
Add Allein Gail Malicsi to that list.
What was thought to be a typo at first turned out to be true as Star's resident Hotshot did have the letter "C" instead of the usual letter "K" at the back of his jersey Friday as Gilas Pilipinas started the 2017 SEABA Championships at the Araneta Coliseum here.
Turns out there was a mistake with Allein's birth certificate and passport. So at least under FIBA rules, the 29-year-old scorer is officially known as Allein Malicsi.
"Kasi yung dati kong birth certificate letter C yung Maliksi," Allein said as Gilas demolished unranked Myanmar by 107 points, 147-40.
"Sa passport na inapply ko, letter C tapos yun na yung finollow muna nila kasi yun ata rule sa FIBA," he added.
But to set things straight, Allein Maliksi does come with a "K" and not a "C."
Surname confusion aside, Allein Malicso had himself a game in his official Gilas debut, emerging as the national team's second leading scorer behind Calvin Abueva with 20 points on a starting role.
However, facing an obviosly overmatched Myanmar side, Malicsi was far from satisfied.
"Okay lang pero di pa natin talaga mate-test yung skills natin unless makatapat tayon ng totoong kalaban, kumbaga step lang to eh. Wala pa talaga," he said.
Regardless of that fact, Malicsi, and the entire team for that matter, went 100 percent from start to finish.
"Ang mindset is, when you smell blood, you go for the kill. Mahina na nga eh tapos lalaruin mo pa," he said.
"Di naman sa ina-underestimate natin kasi syempre alam natin na kayang-kaya, bakit mo pagbibigyan yung kalaban. Respect rin sa game at sa kalaban, para alam rin nila kung ano yung Gilas na team," Malicsi added.
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