10 April 2016

Barangay Ginebra Could Be In For A Surprise

Jimmy Alapag
If Barangay Ginebra thought that the Meralco Bolts will take it easy on 13 April when they meet at 5:15 in SMART Araneta Coliseum, they could be in for a surprise.

Jimmy Alapag who just had a throwback performance last 8 April against erstwhile tormentor Alaska Aces gave a hint that they will go out fighting hard despite playing in a non-bearing match for the Bolts.

"We're happy with this win, but we have a big game on Wednesday and ever since our game against Mahindra, we're in playoff mode," Alapag said.

"With a new team like this, you don’t just go to the playoffs and turn it on. That process for us starts now. It was a very maturing win for us tonight and hopefully, we’ll build on it come the playoffs."

In their previous game, Alapag saved the Bolts from the Aces and led them to a top two finish no matter will be the results of the other remaining games.

"It felt good to come through for the team," Alapag said after Meralco eked out a 107-101 win over Alaska. "I'm just happy that I was able to make some plays down the stretch to get us a big win."

Owning the league’s best record at 8-2, the Bolts have come a long way since its horrible 1-10 showing last conference. They've already put that disastrous stint behind, but for Alapag, it has served as a constant reminder for the team to keep on striving.

"I keep thinking about last conference. When you struggle like that, when you're humbled like that, there's nothing you can do but to come back and refocus and get back to work," he said. "It’s a credit for the coaching staff coming back this conference with a better focus and push each other in practice."

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