3x3WC: Canada game hero has some major respect for Gilas
Paul Lintag on Jun 11, 2018 07:02 PM
Linklater was the Canadian guard that came up clutch in wild 20-19 win over the Philippines Monday at the Philippine Arena.
BOCAUE, Bulacan --- Despite breaking the heart of Gilas Pilipinas, Canada game hero Michael Linklater couldn't help but show respect to the Philippine 3x3 team and the home crowd in general in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup.
Linklater was the Canadian guard that came up clutch in wild 20-19 win over the Philippines Monday at the Philippine Arena here.
He first hit a long two to regain the lead for Canada, 19-18, before scoring the final go-ahead layup inside the last five seconds.
That last shot ultimately eliminated Gilas Pilipinas from contention.
"It was a great experience, the Philippines has a solid team. They are all individually talented. It was a tough game that could have gone either way, and it just fell in our favor," Linklater said.
"It was a great experience to play in front of this home crowd," he added.
A 3x3 veteran, Linklater is ranked 57th in FIBA's World ranking with 439,800 points.
With all that experience under his belt, the 35-year-old guard knew that Gilas would eventually draw energy from the home crowd.
It was just a matter of keeping composure, which Canada did.
"We have been playing 3x3 for a very long time and we knew the crowd was going to be a factor for the home team," Linklater said.
"It was part of our game plan not to let the crowd rattle us. We knew they were going to hit some big shots and it was going to be very hard-fought. So we kept our composure," he added.
Canada, along with Mongolia, are Pool C's representatives in the quarterfinals slated for Tuesday.
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