Allein Maliksi regrets Gilas cut: 'Minsan lang sa career darating 'yun, di ba?'
Allein Maliksi regrets not making the Gilas team bound for the Fiba Asia Cup. Jerome Ascano

ANTIPOLO – Allein Maliksi regretted missing the cut in Gilas Pilipinas’ lineup for the Fiba Asia Cup next month but stuck to the positives, saying he can now focus solely on Star’s campaign in the PBA Governors’ Cup.

“Sayang, syempre nakakahinayang na hindi nakasama sa Final 12 sa FIBA Asia,” the Star gunner said after the Hotshots’ 101-92 win over Alaska on Friday night. “Minsan lang sa career darating yun eh.”

“Okay lang, support din sa kanila,” he added. “Respect ko din sa decision nina coach Chot kasi naisip ko rin na maganda rin nilaro nina Matthew Wright, nina (Roger) Pogoy kaya na-cut din, feeling ko. Di naman talaga pwede din lahat makasama. Meron talagang masa-sacrifice na di makasama.”

National coach Chot Reyes, though, expressed his desire to keep Maliksi, who made his national team debut in the Seaba Championship last May, in the 12-man roster for the Asian Championships, but admitted he could only pick one between him and teammate Jalalon, who wound up with the spot. 

[See Chot explains decision to leave out Maliksi from Fiba Asia lineup]

“Sabihin na natin na gusto nina coach Chot, pero hindi rin talaga pwedeng ilineup ng marami kasi ilan lang talaga eh, 12 lang talaga - actually 11 nga lang, may import pa,” Maliksi said. “Nakakahinayang lang na minsan lang may dumating na opportunity [na ganito], ‘di ba?

“Pero malay mo next time ulit,” the University of Santo Tomas product added with a chuckle.

At least, Maliksi can now concentrate on the Hotshots’ title bid in the season-ending conference.

“At least ang positive is makakapag-focus nga ako and mai-improve ko pa yung sarili ko kasi 'pag dalawang practice, parang nakakapagod din; wala na ring bakasyon,” Maliksi admitted. “Bakasyon na lang din yung pahinga sa katawan para makapagpalakas.”

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