Alaska Aces-Star Hotshots Game 3 Additional Quotes
The Aces completed a three-game sweep of the Hotshots after a gritty 82-77 win in Game 3 Sunday to take the first berth in the PBA Governors’ Cup finals.
Romeo Travis contributed 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists in a game where the Aces fought back from 10 points down to seal the win. Calvin Abueva, once again, inflicted energy from the defensive end to aid his team in the victory. Abueva scored only 5 points, but grabbed 9 rebounds in the win.
Here are what the Aces forwards had to stay after the win.
On doing a better job on defense in the second half: “Gumanda depensa namin noong second half kaya ganoong kataas ang confidence namin sa game na ito. Sana ibigay na sa amin (ang championship) para masaya diba.”
On finals match-up: “Hindi na kami namimili kung sino ang darating sa finals. Basta kung sino ang makapasok, yun ang bibigyan namin ng focus.”
On why the Aces are so good at coming back from huge deficits: “Parang diesel na gusto mo painitin muna (yung sasakyan). Parang ganun siguro kami. Second half lumalabas yung pagka-agresibo namin.”
On team chemistry: “This is a very close group of guys and the biggest thing is just respecting everybody. A lot of people coming overseas don’t respect the people and the culture. I have learned you have to respect the people and the culture wherever I go.”
On hitting a three that gave Alaska the lead late in the fourth: “I am just playing. I was open, it was a good shot, and it went in. We are a team. I hit a big three but also made a pass and Vic (Manuel) hit a big shot. I just felt it was time for me to step up. We just needed a three and I was open.”
On his goals when playing overseas: “Winning is the most important. When I started playing at 8 years old, that was my goal. Win a championship. For me, winning is the most important. I sacrificed so much all for championships. It’s all for the fans, my family, and that is what I am here for.”