PBA: No special motivation for Maliksi vs. the Hotshots
Paul Lintag on Jun 06, 2018 08:13 PM
"Bounce back lang dun sa seven straight losses na nakuha namin. Pride na din na wag ma-zero dito sa conference na to," --- Allein Maliksi.
Losing its first seven games in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, Blackwater was going nowhere fast.
And then Henry Walker's game-winning dunk happened.
Sure, the Elite are still 1-7 for the conference but confidence is starting to come back for Blackwater.
Despite facing a talented Magnolia team Wednesday, Blackwater's pride prevailed, avoiding what would have been a first winless conference since their first one in the PBA.
"One game at a time lang," forward Allein Maliksi said after the big win and their approach to the rest of their schedule.
The Elite are actually still not eliminated. They have a very slim chance of advancing to the next round regardless of their terrible start.
"Bounce back lang dun sa seven straight losses na nakuha namin. Pride na din na wag ma-zero dito sa conference na to," he added.
Blackwater's breakthrough win also coincided with Maliksi's good game for the team.
The Gilas gunner, acquired from Magnolia late last season, has been struggling shooting the ball in the Commissioner's Cup.
Against his former team, Maliksi shot 54 percent and scored 16 points on top of nine rebounds. He says there's no special thing playing the Hotshots, he just wanted to have a good game again.
"Bumabawi lang," he said.
"Medyo ang baba ng field goal percentage ko. Nung dumating nga si Henry humingi ako sa kanya ng tips para ma-improve ulit yung game ko kasi medyo down eh. I need to build my confidence back again para sa next na games namin," Maliksi added.
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