MANILA, Philippines—Regardless of Ginebra’s shut loss to Magnolia on Sunday, new Gin King Maverick Ahanmisi nonetheless loved his first style of “Manila Clasico.”
Ending with a double-double of 21 factors and 13 rebounds, Ahanmisi flourished taking part in in one in every of Philippine basketball’s greatest rivalries.
After all, he would have cherished it much more had the Gin Kings received.
“It was enjoyable. I haven’t skilled nothing else like this in PBA basketball so I’m glad I may very well be a part of this. It’s simply unlucky that we couldn’t come out with the W,” stated Ahanmisi after Ginebra blew a 26-point lead in a 93-91 loss to Magnolia.
“Clearly, you wish to make each shot you are taking but it surely shouldn’t have gotten to that time. We have been up 25 and that was fully on us. We didn’t defend properly within the second half. They began attacking our pick-and-roll’s and we simply collapsed.”
The sport went down the wire within the dying seconds of the sport with questionable calls on each ends.
However Ahanmisi isn’t making any excuses for the loss that put Ginebra at 1-1.
“We might go on and on about officiating or no matter however we misplaced that sport. We had a ok cushion and we didn’t focus.”
Maverick wasn’t the one Ahanmisi within the newest episode of the Manila Clasico, although.
His brother, Jerick, was on the opposite finish of the court docket taking part in for undefeated Magnolia.
Although he might have misplaced towards his youthful brother, he’s nonetheless glad to see him be a brand new a part of the Clasico rivalry.
“[I’m] glad he performed properly as properly and it’s been enjoyable… We don’t actually have an excessive amount of conversations about taking part in towards one another but it surely’s all the time aggressive,” stated Maverick.
The youthful Ahanmisi didn’t actually match up along with his brother’s stellar stat line however he nonetheless chipped in 5 factors to go along with a rebound and a steal.
Throughout Ahanmisi’s post-game speak with the press, Jerick walked behind reporters and gave his older brother a peace signal.
Although, that’s most likely simply the beginning of the banter.
“He’s clearly going to let me hear about it after we get house.”
Supply: sports activities.inquirer.internet