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Chris Javier reunion with coach Bong Ramos opens door of opportunity

Chris Javier reunion with coach Bong Ramos opens door of opportunity

FOR Chris Javier, it’s quality more than quantity.

The sophomore big man made the most of his limited minutes to hit two huge shots down the stretch in Blackwater’s 113-111 comeback win over NorthPort that kept the team unbeaten in the 2018 PBA Governors Cup.

Sent in after national team member Poy Erram got into foul trouble, Javier hit back-to-back baskets in the final three minutes to help preserve the lead and the best-ever start in franchise history at 3-0 (win-loss).

“I had to step up. Not 100 percent yung nagagawa ni Poy ay kaya kong gawin, but masaya na ako kung maka 50-percent ako or average, ok na ako dun,” said Javier, who played 13 minutes and tallied four points, two rebounds, and two assists.

“Timing lang talaga. Na-timing lang talaga.”

His open jumper with 1:47 remaining gave Blackwater a 108-101 lead and Javier was greeted by warm hugs and high fives by his ecstatic teammates during the timeout.

“Nakita ko lang na open so I just have to take it,” he said. “Kaya thankful ako sa opportunity (na ibinibigay sa akin) to prove my worth.”

Javier arrived at Blackwater last season as part of the Allein Maliksi trade with Magnolia Pambansang Manok that also involved BamBam Gamalinda and Kyle Pascual.

But he never got the playing minutes with the Elite until Bong Ramos, who he worked with at University of the East, took over the coaching reins last conference.

Ramos was surprised Javier hardly sees action for the team.

“When I came in sinabi ko sa mga coaches I know Chris Javier, magaling na bata yan,” recalled the Blackwater coach. “So sabi ko kay Javier, when I call your name just always be ready.”

And that’s what the 25-year-old big man did when called upon to replace Erram down the stretch.

“Nung bumalik siya, binuksan niya ako ng another door, na sige i-push natin ulit,” Javier said. “Kaya thankful ako na nagtiwala naman siya sa akin.”