PBA: Harris after big Alaska win: "We just prevented a sweep"
Paul Lintag on Dec 09, 2018 10:05 PM
"We haven't done anything, we just prevented a sweep. I think now we got their attention a little bit more but they have our attention as well, they're leading 2-1," --- Mike Harris.
ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- Now we have a series.
Despite taking a dominant 29-point win in Game 3 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals Sunday, the Alaska Aces are still actually down in the series, 1-2.
Alaska's 100-71 victory over the Magnolia Hotshots at the Ynares Center here only counts as one and the Aces only did enough to avoid a possible sweep.
And so Alaska is not going to celebrate this game much, despite finally breaking out following back-to-back bad outings.
"I think they knew we weren't gonna quit. I think this is one of those games that we needed to win, if they won this game they go into Game 4 trying to close it. Now both teams are able to refocus," Harris said of Game 3.
"We haven't done anything, we just prevented a sweep. I think now we got their attention a little bit more but they have our attention as well, they're leading 2-1," he added.
Harris has mirrored Alaska's performance as a whole so far in this series.
The leading Best Import candidate struggled in the first two games before dominating Game 3. Harris scored 36 points in Game 3, 22 in the third period.
At one point in the third quarter, Harris scored 18 straight for Alaska and the Aces pulled away for good.
"I got a couple of shots to go in, very fortunate to finally hit some outside shots. Good thing my teammates, they know what I'm capable of and they just told me to keep shooting," Harris said.
"Today was just one of those days," he added.
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