PBA: Enciso proves doubters wrong in Game 2 explosion
Mark Escarlote on Nov 14, 2018 07:13 AM
Of course. Every game, you try to find an edge. And a lot of people were like, 'What happened to Simon? What happened to Simon?' Of course, it feeds you motivation and fire to come out the next game and prove people wrong -- Simon Enciso
Alaska’s Simon Enciso found a way to bounce back mightily after a disappointing outing in the series opener of the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals against Meralco.
The guard responded to the challenge of head coach Alex Compton by dropping 23 points on a very efficient field goal shooting in the Aces’ 100-95 win Tuesday night at the MOA Arena that evened the best-of-five series to one game apiece.
“Of course. Every game, you try to find an edge. And a lot of people were like, 'What happened to Simon? What happened to Simon?' Of course, it feeds your motivation and fire to come out the next game and prove people wrong,” said Enciso, who had a quiet five-point outing in Alaska’s 92-97 Game 1 defeat.
Enciso served as the Aces’ energizer in Game 2 as he drilled 8-of-14 from the field with 5-of-8 shooting from behind the rainbow arc. He added two rebounds and two assists in 36 minutes of play.
The Alaska backcourt player put the icing on the cake in the all-important win with just two ticks left in the duel as the Aces survived the Bolts’ late game assault.
“I was really hard on myself and I knew I had to step my game up. Luckily, my teammates gave me the confidence and found me when I was open. I just knocked down shots,” Enciso said.
Enciso led Alaska’s locals in the first half, scoring 13 points including a step-back jumper over the outstretched hands of Anjo Caram that gave the Aces a 47-40 cushion at the half.
“I think it's always big when someone helps out Mike (Harris). He takes up a lot of the load on offense and if he can keep doing what he's doing, then we chip in maybe 15 or 20 points, then it's kind of hard to stop a team like that,” said Enciso, who scored eight markers in the third set when the Aces opened a 20-point gap.
Game 3 of the series is on Thursday.
“This (series) is far from over. Meralco is a great team and we can't take them for granted,” said Enciso. “We got to always come out as if our backs are against the wall and that's what we did today and luckily we came out with the victory.”
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