Gabe Norwood was a picture of consistency on Saturday night against the luckless Phoenix quad.
The 6-foot-5 Norwood dropped 11 of his 14 points in a crucial fourth-quarter Rain or Shine blitz as the newly-crowned PBA Commissioner’s Cup champion rolled past Phoenix, 106-89.
Norwood finished the game with a near-perfect 5-of-6 shooting from the floor that more than made up for the bad night of resident gunner Jeff Chan, who went 0-of-7 from the field.
It was a swift bounce-back game for the athletic Norwood just 3 days after bungling 2 crucial free throws that eventually denied Rain or Shine a conference-opening win.
“It was good to come back and win personally and as a team,” said Norwood after the game.
The versatile Fil-American admitted his shooting woes date back to his stint with Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila early this month.
“I was frustrated with myself. It’s been a frustrating month of basketball for me offensively, not even counting the last game but going back to the Gilas game because I really struggled,” shared Norwood, who won Best Player honor.
“To finally come out and knock down some shots, it was good for me and the team. Hopefully it keeps going,” he added. – Jason Mercene
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