Wondering why Allein Maliksi wore 'Malicsi' jersey? Gilas wingman explains
Allein Maliksi showed the same deadly form despite wearing a differently spelled last name on his Gilas jersey. Jerome Ascano

NO, it wasn’t a typographical error when you saw Allein Maliksi’s last name spelled as “Malicsi” on your TV screens and on the back of his Gilas Pilipinas jersey on Friday night.

But it was a typo error on his old birth certificate.

The national team rookie wingman explained the reason behind the different spelling, saying it was a merely an old mistake from his birth certificate.

“Kasi yung dati kong birth certificate letter C yung Maliksi, sa passport na ina-apply ko, letter C tapos yun na yung finollow muna nila kasi yun ata rule sa (FIBA),” Maliksi said.

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It’s the same ruling that forces Jayson Castro to use “William” and Paul Lee as “Dalistan” in international play.

While his name was different, Maliksi was his usual deadly self in his national team debut as he registered 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including two triples, along with five boards, three steals, two assists, and two blocks in 27 minutes as a starter.  

The Star wingman wound up as the second-leading scorer on a Gilas side that refused to pull its punches even with the outcome secured early in the game.

“Ang mindset is, when you smell of the blood, you go for the kill,” Maliksi said. “Mahina na nga eh (yung kalaban) tapos lalaruin mo pa. ‘Di naman sa inu-underestimate natin kasi siyempre alam natin na kayang kaya, bakit mo pagbibigyan yung kalaban.”

“Respect rin sa game at sa kanila, para alam rin nila kung ano yung Gilas na team,” he added.

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Maliksi, though, is looking forward to facing tougher opponents.

“Di pa natin talaga mate-test yung skills natin unless makatapat tayo ng totoong kalaban, kumbaga step pa lang ‘to eh,” Maliksi said. “Wala pa talaga. Warm-up lang. Hopefully sa mga susunod na game, mag maging challenging, mas ma-challenge yung team na mag-work at para maprepare kami sa darating na mga mabibigat na kalaban.”

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