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Maliksi assures Ramos playing time – or lack of it – won’t be an issue

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Maliksi assures Ramos playing time – or lack of it – won’t be an issue

STA. ROSA, Laguna — It was Allein Maliksi’s turn to shine in Blackwater’s surprising run in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday.

Maliksi finished with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals in 27 minutes in a 99-93 win over Rain or Shine. He had 11 points in the first two quarters and fed Nards Pinto for the game-clinching trey in the endgame.

Maliksi has been used sparingly in fourth quarter of games by Blackwater coach Bong Ramos, but he insisted he didn’t mind – a surprise for a player whose tweet over lack of playing time led to a suspension and eventually his departure from Magnolia in 2016.

“Wala akong pakialam basta nanalo kami,” Maliksi said. “Sabi ko kay coach, ‘Coach, kung hindi mo ako ginamit, okay lang.’ May mga times na hindi n’ya ako pinapalaro ng fourth quarter. Napansin ko rin ‘yun.

“Pero sabi ko, ‘Coach, wala kang maririnig sa akin.’ Sabi ko, panalo tayo, ano sasabihin ko sa yo? Dahil may mga nagii-step up, anong irereklamo ko? Happy ako sa nangyayari sa team. Na-aappreciate ko ‘yung mga teammates ko na nagii-step up.”

Ramos said he made it clear to Maliksi that those that play well will finish games for Blackwater.

“Si Maliksi, sanay naman na pag hindi siya masyadong nakakatulong, sabi ko sa kanya, ipu-pullout kita. Kaya ‘yung mga nakaraang game, ang nasa loob si Paul (Zamar), si (Mac) Belo, minsan si Paul at si Mike (DiGregorio),” said Ramos.

“Ngayon, nag-step up siya kaya ko siya binalik agad,” he added.

Maliksi said Blackwater can even be a scarier team if all the players explode at the same time in one game.

“’Yung nangyayari sa team ngayon, every time nananalo, iba-ibang player ‘yung nagii-step up. Iba-iba ‘yung pumuputok. Mas maganda na ganun ang nangyayari. At least, baka magkasabay-sabay.

“Actually, hindi pa kami nagsasabay-sabay na magaganda laro namin. Sana in the playoffs or sa mga susunod na games, magsabay-sabay para mas maganda maging standing namin,” Maliksi said.

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