Malcolm Hill is still clutch despite Manila Clasico loss
Paul Lintag on Sep 04, 2017 02:28 PM
Malcolm Hill hit three free throws with 0.6 seconds to go to send Manila Clasico into overtime.
Regardless of how Denzel Bowles' relationship with the team went, his clutch free throws to send Game 7 of the 2012 Commissioner's Cup Finals to overtime remain as a pivotal moment in Purefoods' franchise history.
After Bowles made those free throws, the then B-Meg Derby Ace Llamados went on to win the championsip and it was Tim Cone's first title with the team as head coach.
During Manila Clasico on Sunday, 21-year-old Star import Malcolm Hill did the pretty much the same albeit his clutch free throws came in an elimination round game.
But with it being Manila Clasico, it sure had Game 7 feels no doubt.
Down three with 0.6 seconds left, Hill drew a legitimate foul from Japeth Aguilar from beyond the arc. With ice water running through his veins, young Malcolm made all three charities to force extra time.
Unfortunately however, the Hotshots lost by four points to the Gin Kings in OT.
Back to the free throws though, Hill, despite his young age, is actually already pretty used to big moments like this one.
And when it comes to Manila Clasico, he knew what he was getting into and he came prepared.
"I'm used to playing in front of 15,000. It's just people being loud. You just have to lock them out and make those free throws," he said.
"They told me about it [Manila Clasico]. They showed the replay where they hit a three-point shot to beat us. It's a very intense rivalry, I'm aware of it," he added.
Ginebra import Justin Brownlee, who is pretty clutch himself, couldn't help but be impressed by his Star counterpart.
Brownlee, who is in his third conference with the Gin Kings and already has one title with the team, says that Hill will only get better with time.
"That shows a lot of heart and a lot of courage," he said on Hill's free throws. "He showed great poise and great confidence to make those free throws."
"He's going to be a great player. He's already showd us great ability. First impressions, I think he's going to be a great player," Brownlee added.
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