Meralco veteran shooter Jimmy Alapag would take a win over a personal record at any given day.
Though officially crowned as the new all-time league leader in three-point shots made for his record 1243rd triple made in his career on Sunday, Alapag insisted such feat was off his head as Meralco is currently engaged in a nip-and-tuck battle with Ginebra in their best-of-seven series showdown.
The “Mighty Mouse” drilled his historic three-point basket in the 4:29 mark of the second quarter, surpassing the legendary left-handed shooter Allan Caidic, who previously held the record for over a decade.
“I think when I hit it, we got the lead. That was the thing that was on my mind. It’s hard to think about a record when you’re in a battle like this in the Finals,” stressed Alapag, noting Caidic will still be the greatest.
“I’m just honored to be in the same conversation when you talk about some of the best records in our league’s history,” he added.
But it came with a price, ironically, as the Bolts failed to find Alapag for a crucial three in a last-ditch attempt as the Kings went on to tie the series at 1-1 following their 82-79 escape act in Game 2.
“This series is gonna be like this the whole way. It’s gonna come down to which team will make the plays down the stretch, and tonight you have to give them credit. they made enough down the stretch to get the win,” he said.
The former Gilas team captain credited Ginebra’s adjustment on defense, which took effect before the game’s final play.
“They stuck pretty close, even if I was 30 feet away from the basket. So credit has to go to their defense,” he said.
Nonetheless, the vocal leader of Meralco believes the rest of the series will still remain competitive up until the final buzzer.
“I mean we know this series wasn’t gonna be a four-game sweep by any means. Whether this goes five, six or seven, I’m anticipating games being like this for the rest of the series,” he said. – Jason Mercene
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