PBA: Jimmy Alapag still an inspiration for Baser Amer

Paul Lintag on Nov 10, 2018 05:45 AM
PBA: Jimmy Alapag still an inspiration for Baser Amer
After Meralco somehow found a way to clinch a semifinals spot in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, Amer revealed that Alapag, who now coaches San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League, was one of the keys to his terrific performance to start the playoffs.

Right before Jimmy Alapag retired from the PBA for good, he took in Baser Amer under his wings, teaching him the ways on how to be a great point guard.

Two years since he finally let go of playing basketball, it appears that the Mighty Mouse is still keeping close tabs on his prized understudy.

After Meralco somehow found a way to clinch a semifinals spot in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, Amer revealed that Alapag, who now coaches San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League, was one of the keys to his terrific performance to start the playoffs.

"Gusto ko pala mag-thank you kay coach Jimmy Alapag," Amer started.

"Game 1 tsaka Game 2, na-surprise ako nag-message siya sa akin na good luck and stay aggresive lang ako. Talagang nag-extra motivate sa akin yun kasi Jimmy Alapag yun eh," he added.

Amer is known to shoot extra before and after practice. Back when they were teammates with Meralco, Amer was joined by Alapag, the greatest three-point shooter the PBA has ever seen.

And all that extra work has paid off for Baser in the PBA. The progress showed up again Friday in the Bolts' do-or-die game against Phoenix.

Baser scored 23 of his 26 points in the second half and overtime against the Fuel Masters. To start the extra period, he drilled back-to-back triples in a sizzling 8-0 start for the Bolts.

"Good game Baser! Big shots in the end. The extra shooting before and after practice is for this moment. Congrats and goodluck in the semis," wrote Alapag in a message to Amer, which the Meralco point guard showed and read to the media.

"Di ba, yung ganung text, nakaka-taba ng puso," Amer added.

 

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