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With De Ocampo out, Seigle takes the spotlight



Danny Seigle will never be the explosive, always-in-the-MVP-conversation basketball player again, but all those mileage under his belt will always be a difference-maker.

It showed on Sunday against Barangay Ginebra and with Talk ‘N Text’s best forward Ranidel de Ocampo (knee injury) out, as the PBA all-time great played extended minutes on the floor for the Tropang Texters.

Seigle went on to finish with 14 points on 6-for-9 shooting, while adding two rebounds and an assist in 24 minutes of action. Prior to the night, Seigle was only averaging 4.8 PPG (4.2 field goal attempts per game) on nine minutes per match in the season.

“He (Jong Uichico) always tell us be ready and take advantage of the opportunity presented,” Seigle quipped of the chance to shine.

Tiebreaker Times With De Ocampo out, Seigle takes the spotlight    Seigle proved to be a game-changer especially against the Ginebra zone, as he likes operating from the high post. With such knack, Seigle was able to hit timely baskets against an undermanned Kings frontline.

“I am comfortable playing against the zone. There are always going to be open spots and you just have to find them. I am just holding the forth for these guys until they return. I don’t mind it at all. I’m just about winning and giving them rest. I am fine with that,” he added.

Seigle knows age has limited the variety of what he does on the floor, but with a noteworthy performance, he proved why he is still in the league.

“I get a lot of rest last conference, it’s just about being ready for the guys when they need it. Honestly, being out there was a bit tiring. It is something you prepare for. I do extra running in practice. Good thing I have 16 years of experience and that helps a lot.”

There is enough gas left in the grizzled tank.

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