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Washington says Ginebra crowd gave Globalport ‘extra push’



Against a rowdy atmosphere and playing for high stakes, Globalport forward Jay Washington refused to back down.

Washington showcased a bad boy persona on the floor as the Batang Pier went wire to wire before eking out an 84-83 overtime win over crowd favorites Barangay Ginebra on Sunday night.

The veteran forward, who was averaging only 9.4 points/game and a triple per game, came through with an impressive performance to aid Globalport on both ends of the floor.

He finished with 13 points — his third highest output in the conference — and hauled down 5 boards while also shooting 3-for-8 from three-point area.

Aside from his contributions to his team, Washington also engaged in trashtalking and asked the Ginebra crowd to bring the noise. He even got to a near scuffle with former teammate Sol Mercado after the end of the third quarter.Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Washington says Ginebra crowd gave Globalport 'extra push'

“It’s no hard feelings. I don’t know what he was trying to do. Maybe it is his thing to stay in front of you, so basically, it was just like, get out of my way. Why are you staying in front of my path? Watch out,” Washington shared, adding he and Mercado have talked to each other already after the game.

“It’s nothing. It’s part of the game. We are both real competitors. It won’t carry off the court. It’s just us trying to prove ourselves on the court and trying to help our teams.”

Washington said later the pro-Ginebra crowd even helped the Globalport side.

“Obviously the crowd is backing them. I think the team fed off that too. Hearing them yell for (Ginebra), I think they gave us an extra push knowing we had our backs against the wall,” he said.

The near scuffle which costed Washington a technical foul did not stop him at all; he scored eight of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, draining two key treys.

“We came together a little bit more. We just tried to defy the odds,” he shared.

Heated ending


Later, Ginebra fans reportedly threw coins to Jay Washington’s car as the Batang Pier forward left the arena.

Ginebra’s Joe Devance reminded their fans to not lose their cool and keep it classy even after a heated affair.

Washington added while he didn’t plan to start the game like that, it was the emotion of the game which really led to an antagonist-like persona.

“It’s just the emotions of the game. You don’t necessarily start that way but as things wind down and get tighter, emotions flow a little bit more. It’s all part of the game.”

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