Maliksi admits looking forward to meeting Star in semis
Paul Lintag on Oct 01, 2017 02:15 PM
"Oo naman. Di ko itatago yung ganon, baka nga si God na yung gumagawa ng way na ka-bracket namin yung Star tapos nanalo kami ng first game." --- Blackwater hotshot Allein Maliksi.
Basketball gods work in mysterious ways.
For some reason, Star and Blackwater ended up in the same bracket for the 2017 Governors' Cup playoffs.
And both teams almost met in the next round.
Allein Maliksi, Blackwater's new hotshot, buried two go-ahead buckets in the final 30 seconds of his team's first do-or-die matchup against no. 1 Meralco early last week, setting up a sudden death against the Bolts.
Speaking of that sudden death, the Elite were in control or three and a half quarters before Meralco powered through.
Maliksi, who has been sensational for Blackwater, was admittedly looking forward to meeting Star in the semifinals, the team he won a Grand Slam with in 2014 and the team that traded him away barely a month ago.
"Oo naman. Di ko itatago yung ganon, baka nga si God na yung gumagawa ng way na ka-bracket namin yung Star tapos nanalo kami ng first game," Maliksi said following their season-ending loss last Sept. 28.
The most unlikely semis pairing almost came through before ultimately falling apart.
And that's okay for Allein for now. His focus is with his new team and has no more regrets about what he could have done if he was still with the Hotshots.
"I'm over it na. Bakit ako manghihinayang sa dati kong team na nasa semis, sila at kami... I don't care about that anymore," he said.
"Yung pinaka concern ko is to help yung team at yung teammates ko na makapunta sa semis. Kaso yun nga, di nagawa. Sana may natutunan kami dito," Maliksi added.
After an inspiring run to the playoffs, Blackwater looks primed for better things next season starting with the Philippine Cup.
With Maliksi at the lead, Mac Belo returning to peak performance, Roi Sumang taking the next step of his career, and a collection of scrappy role players, the Elite finally look like an actua; playoff contender.
Blackwater just has to put it together without the help of an import.
"Nakakahinayang kasi sa isang quarter lang natalo kami. Siguro kailangan pa namin mag-work as a team," Maliksi said.
"Di ko alam kung paano, pero i-try ko pang kausapin sina coach about it. Yung mga suggestions ng bawat isa, yung mga observations from this [Meralco] game." he added.
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