PBA: Either as a starter or substitute, Cabagnot will deliver the goods

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 22, 2018 10:08 PM
PBA: Starter or substitute, Cabagnot will deliver the goods
It's no longer a surprise that Alex Cabagnot hit a shot just when San Miguel needed it (FILE PHOTO)

Alaska had San Miguel under siege inside the last three minutes on Sunday.

Simon Enciso’s three pulled the Aces to within 90-94 and kept their hopes at extending the best-of-five series.

Alex Cabagnot had the answer for the Beermen, though, with a beautiful floater.

Vic Manuel then pushed Alaska to within five only to see Cabagnot again counter for the defending champions with a stepback triple.

Still, the Aces kept coming and Enciso’s trey shot them to within 99-102 with nine ticks to go, but once more, Cabagnot was there to coolly convert two free throws that iced the game once and for all.

Scoring seven of his 18 points in the last three minutes, the man fondly referred to as “The Crunchman” received recognition from his head coach. “I’m happy to see Alex Cabagnot na yung pagiging clutch niya, kanina, andoon na naman,” Leo Austria said.

And just to give the story much more color, Cabagnot did all that coming off the bench.

A starter for much of his 13-year career, the 35-year-old said it doesn’t matter where he starts the game from. As he put it, “Coach is gonna put me where he’s gonna put me. I’m gonna play my game and I’m gonna help my team as much as possible – either coming off the bench or playing starting 5.”

Cabagnot was also quick to add, however, that San Miguel has not won anything just yet. “First and foremost, I’m just very thankful na nanalo kami and maganda yung pinakita namin tonight. Just looking for the Finals now so we can’t celebrate too much,” he said.

He then continued, “We have to stay on an even keel because maganda rin yung opponent namin whoever it’s gonna be.”

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