PBA: Leader Maliksi wants culture shift for Blackwater

Philip Matel on Mar 01, 2019 08:41 PM
PBA: Leader Maliksi wants culture shift for Blackwater
What comes to mind when you think of Blackwater?

What comes to mind when you think of Blackwater?

Beatable. Winnable. Weak. 

Back then, current Blackwater locker room leader Allein Maliksi thought so, seeing the Elite as a sure win when he played for Magnolia and Ginebra, two winning teams in the PBA. 

"Noong nasa dating team ako, Magnolia, Ginebra or iba pang team ko, every time na makakalaban ko ang Blackwater, sabi ko sa kanila, 'Ay kayang kaya ko 'to.' Sobrang taas ng confidence ko," Maliksi confessed.

Even opposing guard Rashawn McCarthy seemed to let his guard down against Blackwater, talking some smack in the post-game presser last Wednesday. "I think it’s a very winnable game. We’re going to view some tape [Thursday], have a light practice—light practice right?," talking to mentor Johnedel Cardel.

However, that complacency was taken advantage of by the gritty Elite, who have instilled a winning mentality, with Maliksi leading the way with his 29 points and 5 assists.

The UST alum then shared that a changing a losing image will be a great start, as they slowly tread their way through the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. 

"Kailangan may part tayo sa bawat isa and responsibility para mabago yun. Kasi hindi naman natin mababago yun na biglaan lang, na isang player lang o dalawang player o tatlong player, lahat tayo dito sama sama," Maliksi said. 

"Kahit na hanggang dulo ng upuan, kung pang-15th player ka o hindi ka ginagamit, mayroon kang mako-contribute para mabago tong culture na ito," added Maliksi.

Winning their second game of the conference, the Blackwater Elite’s mood in the locker room may be positive, but Maliksi hopes that his teammates will not be settling for mediocrity.

They are sporting a 2-6 record and are more likely to miss the playoffs than be in it.

However, if they continue to play hard and not crumble in crunch time -- who knows -- they might be destined for the postseason later in the year.

"Naipakita namin na kung paano ba magra-rise up. 1-6 tayo, gigive up na ba tayo? Yun ang gusto maipakita noong mga teammates ko at ng buong team. Sabi ko nga proud ako sa kanila, sa panalong to," the 31-year old exclaimed. 

 

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