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    Unlikely hero John Ambulodto not about to shed defense-first mindset for Wangs

    Jun 20, 2017
    John Ambulodto scored just four points, but none bigger than his game-winning basket against Gamboa. Photo from PBA

    JOHN Ambulodto's primary job for Wangs Basketball was to do the dirty work on defense, but the defensive specialist did more than what he was asked to do on Tuesday.

    Relatively quiet almost the entire match, Ambulodto drilled in the game-winning jumper off a pass from Tim Habelito as time expired to lift the Couriers to an 88-86 win over Gamboa Coffee Mix in the PBA Foundation Cup.

    Shocking as it is for his opponents, the 6-foot-5 forward said he was just ready to take the shot and was fortunate it went in.

    "Inexpect ko rin. Bahala na pag binigay nya, ititira ko ito. Wala na rin akong gagawin eh. Ibato ko na lang, sana mashoot," he said.

    [See John Ambulodto hits game-winner as Wangs edges Gamboa in Foundation Cup]

    Ambulodto was an unlikely choice to take the final shot with the likes of Robbie Herndon, Michael Juico, and Ryan Arambulo leading the attack for the Couriers.

    But the 27-year-old product of St. Clare, who finished with only four points, delivered nonetheless when the ball came to him as time wound down, draining his first game-winner in the tournament. But he doesn't expect to drain more of such in the coming games as he is just focused on playing his role for Wangs, who improved to a 2-2 record.

    "Para sa akin, may tiwala ako sa kanila kasi scorers sila," he said of his Fil-Am teammates.

    "Ginagawa ko lang ang maitutulong ko sa team, sa defense para manalo yung team namin. Para sa team, hindi para sa akin kundi para sa amin," added Ambulodto.

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    John Ambulodto scored just four points, but none bigger than his game-winning basket against Gamboa. Photo from PBA
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