Alex Mallari on clutch trey vs. Magnolia: I just let it fly

Paul Lintag on Mar 10, 2018 09:29 PM
Alex Mallari on clutch trey vs. Magnolia: I just let it fly
"Game winning play? I was open," Mallari said on his cold-blooded three with 14.4 seconds to go.

Playing against his former team Magnolia, Alex Mallari was the one that hit the booming go-ahead triple for NLEX to take Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.

Of course.

Down one, 83-84, Mallari took a pass from Kiefer Ravena and drilled a straightaway triple for the Road Warriors, pushing NLEX to its first-ever semifinal win in the PBA.

"Game winning play? I was open," Mallari said on his cold-blooded three with 14.4 seconds to go. 

"Kief attracted the attention and I just let it fly," he added.

A former member of the San Mig team that win a Grand Slam in the 2014 season, Mallari knows the importance of setting the tone in series, especially if its against a tough team like the Hotshots.

With that being said, NLEX taking an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 is crucial.

"Game 1 is always an important win, especially with a great team like that, you don't wanna give them a lead," Mallari said, who finished with 14 points, 12 in the second half and only three in the fourth period.

"But it's just one game, they didn't have the best game so we can expect them to bounce back. We just need to improve on what we did good and fix the things that we didn't do so well," he added.

With Game 1 a close outing, Mallari says NLEX better hope for another one in Game 2.

"They have that championship mentality. We know that they're not just gonna lay over so, we're just gonna prepare for a dogfight," he said.

 

 

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