VETERAN playmaker Alex Cabagnot refused to take all the credit in San Miguel’s 88-70 demolition of an off-form Alaska side Wednesday night in Game Four of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals.
The left-handed guard out of University of Hawaii-Hilo played his best game so far in the best-of-seven title series by finishing with 22 points to spark the Beermen’s convincing win that equalize the championship showdown at 2-games apiece.
But the 32-year-old Cabagnot cited the team’s 48-minute effort as the biggest reason for the team’s strong finish.
“We actually played for 48 minutes the way we wanted to,” said Cabagnot, who was 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.
The San Miguel point guard admitted struggling offensively during the team’s first three games, shooting just 30.4 percent from the field for an average of 6.6 points.
The numbers were actually a far cry from his 14.7 points per game average and 48.7 percent field goal shooting in San Miguel’s four-game semifinal sweep of Talk ‘N Text.
“Actually, I was playing subpar for the first three games, but those shots just went in tonight,” he said.
“I just have to stay diligent to the preparations I have done so far. Sana tuloy tuloy lang ito sa Friday.”
Although San Miguel has reduced the series into a best-of-three affair, Cabagnot said all the Beermen could do at this point is pay attention to details as they watch the video tape of Game Four.
“We’re gonna look at the video tomorrow (Thursday) with coach Leo (Austria). But whatever plans he has, we just have to execute it not for three quarters but for 48 minutes (in Game Five),” he said.