Ben Phillips proved that he is more than just a bruiser during De La Salle University’s thrilling 81-78 escape of Adamson University on Thursday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Yes, he has evolved into a marksman from deep.
And he delivered it when it mattered most as he made all of his three conversions from rainbow country in the all-important fourth period.
His 3-of-6 clip from behind the arc improved his numbers this Season 85 to 6-of-15 in 10 games played.
That was a big improvement from Season 84, where the Miami University alumnus only shot five total three-pointers in 16 outings, only making one.
Phillips shared that he started to work on his outside shooting when Green Archers coach Derrick Pumaren listed him in the team’s 3×3 lineup last season.
3×3, a fast-paced halfcourt game with just three cagers a side, requires most of its players the ability to be three-way scorers who can do it all everywhere on the floor.
Back in June, the quartet of Phillips, Emman Galman, Ralph Cu, and Donn Lim captured silver in 3×3 at the CaSoBe Resort in Calatagan, Batangas
“I had to credit that to Coach Manong kasi he played me in the 3×3 tournament last season. It was really a confidence-booster talaga like for me,” said the older half of the Phillips brothers in La Salle.
Tasked to have a wider range, Phillips did not look far for inspiration and a role model.
“I really focused on my outside shot so I know that I want to add another element to the team this year so I kinda studied Balti a lot and take a lot of notes from our Gilas standout Kevin and how they can stretch the floor,” said Phillips, who finished with 14 points, nine rebounds, and two steals.
“So I really wanna learn from those guys and I was able to produce today.”