IT took a change of shoes for Allan Caidic to find his footing.
After missing his first four shots from three-point land and struggling to find his shot in the first half, the 'Triggerman' relied on a little superstition to help San Miguel legends beat Alaska, 96-83, in the Return of the Rivals benefit game.
Caidic, 55, said he struggled early on as Alaska employed a man-to-man defense in the old-timers match. The SMB deadshot said he changed to a new pair of shoes, and even tried speaking to the ball, in order to get out of a slump.
“Nagpalit pa ako ng sapatos,” Caidic said. “Bago ‘yung sapatos ko kanina. Talagang nahirapan siguro kumuha ng second wind. Hindi kami sanay ng man-to-man tapos 12 minutes per quarter pa. Medyo naka-recover nung second half.”
Caidic said he was urged by San Miguel coach Pilo Pumaren, assistant coaches Jong Uichico, and Art dela Cruz to keep on shooting.
“Good thing, sinuportahan ako nila coach Jong, coach Pilo, si Art sabi sa akin makukuha mo rin ‘yung rhythm mo,” said Caidic.
Caidic hit six of his 14 three-point shots, most coming in the second half where he scored 21 of his 26 points.
“’Yun ang pinakamahirap, ‘yung expectation sayo, napakataas. Kapag hindi mo na-meet, parang nafa-frustrate o nadidisappoint ‘yung tao. On our part, nape-pressure din kami. I’m 56 years old already, ‘yung expectation ng tao ganun pa rin dapat. Talagang challenging on our part,” said Caidic.
More than the win, Caidic said he was heartened by the unity shown by the PBA greats for a worthy cause.
“Masaya kaming lahat dahil more than the result, more than the game na napanood ninyo is the solidarity of the players. Nagkaisa kami for a good cause with the support of the crowd, support of the PBA, UNTV, lahat ng sponsors,” he said.