ALLEIN Maliksi insisted his 'cooking' gesture late in Game Four of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series against Ginebra was mainly intended for his Star teammates.
Whistled for a foul on Sol Mercado after the Gin Kings playmaker beat him for a loose ball with 38 seconds left, the Hotshots wingman couldn’t hide his frustration as he made a gesture with his hands like he was mixing or cooking something.
The gesture is more commonly known as 'cooking' in basketball parlance, but Maliksi was in denial when asked about it after the game.
“Dapat scramble kami sa defense, so sabi ko nag-full rotation na, kaya rin pag dating sa rebounds, medyo hindi kami … wala masyadong huma-hustle, so sabi ko pag medyo scramble na, tulong-tulong na tayo kumuha ng rebound,” Maliksi said.
“Kaya yun yung gesture ko sa kanila, sabi ko, ikot-ikot na tayo pag ganun.”
Maliksi, though, eventually added that he was also trying to point something out to the referee after he was whistled for the foul on Mercado.
“Tapos sabi ko rin sa referee, wala pa yung bola, tumawag na siya ng foul, kumbaga wala pang possession,” Maliksi said after the Gin Kings went on to hack out a 93-86 victory to tie the series.
Maliksi, though, declined to comment further on the officiating, saying he didn’t want to take anything away from the Gin Kings’ defense and the superb play of their role players.
“Mahirap din naman kasi hindi kami naka-connect sa offense, medyo maganda yung depensa nila,” Maliksi said. “So mahirap din sisihin na, sabihin nating officiating, kasi hindi kami naka-shoot eh.”
“Si Jervy (Cruz), naka-shoot, sila Chris Ellis, naka-contribute, so wala kaming magagawa. Talagang para sa kanila ‘tong game na ‘to,” he added.
Maliksi was one of the few bright spots as he knocked down four triples on the way to a team-high 18 points, although he committed four of the team’s 36 fouls – twice as much as the Gin Kings.
“Masyadong marami kaming foul,” Maliksi said. “Medyo hindi kami masyado nakapag-adjust siguro sa tawagan at first, tapos credit na lang din sa depensa nila, kasi sobrang ito yung gusto nilang game eh: low scoring tsaka yung medyo mabagal yung pace.”