RAYMOND Almazan couldn't have picked a better time to play his best game for Meralco in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Almazan scored 15 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and had two blocks as the Bolts stunned San Miguel Beer, 95-91, to stay alive in the race for the eighth and last spot in the quarterfinals.
“Simula nung trade, masasabi ko na ito ang pinakamagandang game ko,” said Almazan, who was acquired by Meralco in a trade with Rain or Shine two months ago.
Almazan, 29, said the victory is a testament to the resilience of his former team, which will now face Alaska in sudden-death for the No. 8 spot in the playoffs.
“Ayaw pa namin ma-out eh. Feeling ko, meron pa kaming kayang ipakita at ibubuga. Nakita naman natin eh na kapag gusto namin, kaya namin,” said Almazan.
The former Letran standout said the transition from Rain or Shine to Meralco hasn't been easy, but said he is finally starting to become comfortable with both his teammates and the system of coach Norman Black.
“Gusto ko maging komportable sa mga teammates ko. Hindi ganun kadali kasi kailangan namin makilala sila especially ‘yung mga beterano at matagal na doon. Basta ako, gusto ko lang every game, mabalik ko kumpiyansa ko. Ibang sistema dito,” said Almazan.
Even if it gets past Alaska, Meralco still faces a tough road against either TNT or NorthPort in the quarterfinals.
Almazan said the team is not looking far ahead.
“Just one game at a time. Sabi nga ni [Meralco governor] Boss Al [Panlilio], balewala itong game na ‘to kung hindi kami manalo sa Friday,” said Almazan.
“Kung di papalarin, at least ginawa namin ‘yung best namin,” Almazan added.