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    Near triple-double a testament to Alex Mallari's growing confidence at Mahindra

    Jan 27, 2017
    Alex Mallari says he has never completed a triple double in his career. Jerome Ascano

    ALEX Mallari joked he’ll try to watch the game tape of the Mahindra-NLEX PBA Philippine Cup game on Friday night and see who among his teammates missed the potential basket that could have completed his first career triple double.

    Mallari came an assist short of registering a milestone in his playing career as he finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds, and nine feeds in the Floodbuster’s 106-96 win over the Road Warriors at the Astrodome.

    “I’m going to watch the tape and see who missed the freaking lay-up,” a smiling Mallari said after Mahindra notched its third win in 10 outings in the all-Filipino conference.

    “Nah, But that’s okay. Maybe, next time.”

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    The 30 points of the 29-year-old native of Long Beach, California is also a career-high, eclipsing his previous record of 23. He finished 12 of 20 from the floor.

    Mallari said he has not had a triple-double in his entire playing career, and could have gone for it if only someone at Mahindra told him that he’s just one assist away from achieving the landmark.

    “Sayang. Triple double,” added the Fil-Am guard. “Maybe one of these days.”

    But more than the numbers, Mallari said it was the win that matters for him and the Floodbuster.

    “Any time you get a win, even if it’s no bearing, gives you some momentum, gives you some confidence,” he stressed.

    Mahindra, which missed the playoffs after a breakthrough quarterfinal stint in the last Governors Cup, will face Star for its final game in the eliminations. And Mallari didn’t mince any word about the Floodbuster seeking a win against his former team.

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    “We’ll just follow up this with the win next game and ends the conference on a high note,” he said.

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    Alex Mallari says he has never completed a triple double in his career. Jerome Ascano
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