He was supposed to be a full-time father and bench tactician now, but there he is, taking over a game and giving all what’s left in his PBA tank.
It may not be a flurry of booming triples, but Jimmy Alapag came through when Meralco needed the final push to turn back Alaska, 107-101, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Alapag fearlessly attacked the lane and sank a crucial basket with a minute left in the game to deliver the final nail in the Aces’ coffin.
“I am getting more comfortable understanding what I need to go from game to game,” said the former Gilas Pilipinas campaign, who finished with 16 points and 2 assists coming off a long layoff.
After leading the Bolts to a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, Alapag said he is just happy to have helped redeem themselves after a nightmarish Philippine Cup performance.
“When you struggled like that, when you’re humbled like that, nothing you can do but to come back and refocus and get back to work,” he shared. “Tonight, our team grew up a little bit more because we’re still in the process of developing our culture where the team gets used to winning.”
But he is also quick to point out that he will keep preaching the importance of staying on path to their main goal.
“I told the guys the journey is not yet done tonight. We’re in a playoff mode with our focus,” said Alapag.
“We’ll shift our focus to Wednesday, Ginebra is playing really well this conference and I think they are finding their groove with Coach Tim,” he closed. — By Jason Mercene