PBA: Fit-again Mike Harris delivers monster game for Alaska
Paul Lintag on Oct 03, 2018 10:13 PM
The first-time PBA import fired 39 points on 61 percent shooting. He also grabbed 25 rebounds for good measure. 16 of those points came in the opening period and Harris added another 23 in the second half.
Fully recovered from an ankle sprain, Mike Harris went to work for the Aces Wednesday in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup.
Harris led Alaska to a big win over Rain or Shine to keep a near-perfect start with a 4-1 record in the standings.
The first-time PBA import fired 39 points on 61 percent shooting. He also grabbed 25 rebounds for good measure.
16 of those points came in the opening period and Harris added another 23 in the second half.
"My teammates got trust in me. Every night there's a different guy that steps up and tonight I kinda had it going in the first quarter," he said.
"I just tried to control the rebounds. Rebounds is an individual thing and that's something I take pride in," Harris added of his 25 boards, "Offensively I just had some shots fall."
After not playing for a month, the Aces had to deal with possible rust to their game.
Harris admitted that Alaska did feel some kind of rust, but tedious preparation and competitive practices helped them regain their groove within the game against the Elasto Painters.
"I think a little rust creeped in our head a little bit in the beginning. But coach reiterated over and over that we may make some mistakes, we should keep going. We miss shots, keep going," Harris said.
"We did a really good job of simulating game situations and it got competitive but it's hard to simulate games when you don't have players that the opposing team has. We did a good job competing and we do some extra work in, it's been carrying over a lot, you wanna make it contagious," he added.
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