LIKE a cold-blooded assassin, RJ Jazul striking in the right place and at the right time is all part of the job.
The Alaska shooting guard personally gunned down crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup showdown on Wednesday night when he fired all of the Aces’ last seven points to clinch the hard-earned 86-80 win.
Jazul finished with 16 points on 3-of-5 shooting from three-point range, none more important than the trey he launched at the final 1:39 mark that gave the Aces an 82-78 cushion and stopped a rallying Ginebra side on its track.
Although he would later say it just so happened that he was left open by Ginebra’s defense, Jazul added he only wanted to silence the crowd that grew louder after the league’s most popular ballclub came back from an 11-point deficit to threaten at 79-78 behind a 10-0 blast anchored by import Othyus Jeffers.
“Minsan yun dapat ang gawin mo kasi dun sila nabubuhayan,” said the Alaska gunner about the pro-Ginebra crowd that made up the throng of 9,000 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Kaiiangan mong patahimikin ng konti yung fans,” he added. “Kahit ikaw yung nasa side ng Ginebra basta may fans ka na ganun, gaganahan ka siyempre. Added motivation sa kanila yun.”
But Jazul said playing his A-game the way he did on this special night is not entirely devoted to the Kings. He made it clear that be it against Ginebra or any other team, he’s ready to pull the trigger if needed.
“Yung mind set namin, parang ibang game din, ibang team din. Pero siyempre pag andun ka na, andiyan yung fans, sumisigaw sigaw,” he said in obvious reference to how different the games against Ginebra are.
“Kaya, we just let the moment na lang.”
And what a moment it turned out be for Jazul himself.