Once a spectator in the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup Finals, Michael Craig, Jr. finally had his chance to play against San Miguel Beermen, the team that defeated TNT Katropa in six games in last conference’s title series.
A lot of eyes were on Wednesday night’s main event, with many highly anticipating if the word war between Craig, Jr. and SMB point guard Chris Ross back in Game Three of the said series will take place once more.
Both teams though left everything inside the court. Furthermore, the six-foot-five American didn’t have much joy in talking about the game, as his side lost to the Beermen anew, 91-97, at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Instead, the wide-bodied yet flashy import sang praises to the opposition.
“They played a good game,” said Craig, Jr., who finished with 16 points and 18 rebounds.
“They executed their gameplan, played inside out with the big man the ball kicking it out for threes, I felt they did a good job doing that.”
And as expected, Craig, Jr. also had kind words for the all-around Ross, who scored only five but made his presence felt with eight rebounds and 10 assists.
“He did what he was supposed to do as a point guard come out and give his guys the ball, push the ball on the court, I mean he’s a good player, he’s a big reason why his team has been successful the past two conferences.
“He’s a good player. He played pretty well tonight,” explained the 26-year-old.
It may be yet another bitter pill to swallow, but Craig, Jr. and the Katropa are all set to leave it all behind. They will play their second game in three days versus a hungry Alaska Aces, and that is where they want to shift their sights.
“Gotta turnaround, put this game behind us and focus on Alaska on Friday,” said the Phoenix, Arizona-native. “They’re a pretty good team, got a good import, really shooting the ball well.
“We just got to go back to the drawing board and win the rebounding battle and try to get stops on defense.”
No Rest for the Weary: Lady Spikers head to training immediately after Lady Bulldogs loss
Mark Dyke back in La Salle
Jaja Santiago does not want La Salle win to be NU’s only Season 80 highlight
Air Padda confident ‘intimidated’ Lady Falcons will bounce back
No upsets in Round of 32 of NBTC Nationals
Despite winning MVP, Kiko Gesmundo comes home empty
Jaycee Marcelino, Zark’s-Lyceum hold off Go for Gold to snap skid
Hotshots looking to use past lessons to bar history from repeating itself
- Basketball4 days ago
With Chris Ross still hurt, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser steps up
- DLSU16 hours ago
SMART Sports Player of the Week Kim Dy steps up to keep La Salle on top
- AdU5 days ago
Sean Manganti powers Akari-Adamson’s whitewashing of Wangs-Letran for share of first
- AdU5 days ago
Jarvey Gayoso goes goal crazy as Blue Eagles clobber Soaring Falcons