PBA: Khobuntin on clutch block for Dyip: “Hinabol ko na lang”

Paul Lintag on Jul 06, 2019 07:27 PM
Khobuntin on clutch block for Dyip: “Hinabol ko na lang”
“Inisip ko na lang either foul or block na yun. Buti na-block at hindi foul. Inabangan ko lang. Yung play kasi hand off kay CJ, iso siya sa top pero yun nga nag-cause ng turnover so inaabangan ko lang anong mangyayari pagka-turnover niya wala nang bumaba so hinabol ko na lang. Buti na lang na-block ko pa,” — Glenn Khonuntin (FILE).

Columbian just barely kept its playoff hopes alive in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday, beating Phoenix.

The win against the Fuel Masters was made possible because of two plays.

Glenn Khobuntin was reponsible for one of them.

After Phoenix import Richard Howell got a steal off of CJ Perez, the Fuel Masters were off to the races with guard RJ Jazul having a clean look for a go-ahead layup.

It was a clean look until Khobuntin viciously blocked it from behind, giving the possession back to Columbian with 16 seconds left.

Seven seconds later Reden Celda cashed in for the eventual game winner.

“Kailangan manalo eh,” Khobuntin said.

“Inisip ko na lang either foul or block na yun. Buti na-block at hindi foul. Inabangan ko lang. Yung play kasi hand off kay CJ, iso siya sa top pero yun nga nag-cause ng turnover so inaabangan ko lang anong mangyayari pagka-turnover niya wala nang bumaba so hinabol ko na lang. Buti na lang na-block ko pa,” he added.

Counting the Phoenix game, Columbian has now played three straight close outings.

The Dyip would have finished 3-0 if not for a late goaltending violation against Northport, causing them to lose in overtime.

Is this a sign that Columbian is maturing as a team? Yes but the Dyip still need more.

“Kulang pa kasi kami yung batang franchise so dami naming close games na natatalo kami,” Khobuntin said.

“Siguro napag-isipan na namin kung paano mag-adjust. Nakaka-tulong din yung mga close games na yon kasi ang sakit matalo ng close fight,” he added.

 

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