PBA: Qualls wants to go all the way with Northport
Paul Lintag on Dec 14, 2019 09:49 PM
“We don’t wanna stop here. We didn’t just wanna settle making the playoffs, we didn’t wanna settle for making to the quarters, we’re trying to go the whole way. It’s game by game.” — Michael Qualls. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
Northport is still rolling all the way to the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals.
The no. 8 Batang Pier won a fifth straight game Saturday and took a 1-0 lead over Barangay Ginebra in their best-of-5 series.
Northport is coming off a classic triple-overtime win over top-ranked NLEX to advance but that was two weeks ago.
More than that 3OT win, it was the Batang Pier’s streak of knockout games that hardened this already-scrappy group.
“I really think it was winning every game that gave us a morale boost. We had four elimination games back-to-back, we had to win every single one,” import Michael Qualls said.
“There’s no real pressure, we just wanna come out and play as hard as we can and then we’re gonna live with the results,” he added.
The closest to the PBA title as of this moment, Qualls says they have no plans of stopping anytime soon.
It’s still championship or bust for this team, despite being a no. 8 seed.
“I’m just trying to keep it rolling, stay proving myself, stay true to me and to the team. I know I gotta give what I gotta give to the team just to keep going,” Qualls said.
“We don’t wanna stop here. We didn’t just wanna settle making the playoffs, we didn’t wanna settle for making to the quarters, we’re trying to go the whole way. It’s game by game,” he added.
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