IT just so happened Carlo Lastimosa needs to raise his game a notch higher for Blackwater to boost its quarterfinal bid in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup.
There’s nothing really to prove against his former team Barako Bull, which the Elite routed, 116-92, on Friday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“Hindi naman,” when asked if his career-game of 38 points, spiked by five three-pointers, was a statement game against his former team.
“Kaibigan ko pa rin naman yung mga players doon, nagkataon lang we really need a win,” he added.
Lastimosa played his first two years in the league for Barako Bull but was traded to Blackwater during the offseason (for Brian Heruela) at a time when he appeared to have finally settled in his role as a scorer off the bench.
Even with him slowly becoming Blackwater’s acknowledged top gunner, Lastimosa still maintains the same mentality he had during his time with Barako Bull.
“Hindi ko naman iniisip na ako ‘yung main man (dito), kasi sa team naman namin we don’t care who gets the credit. We just really want to win,” said the 25-year-old wingman out of St. Benilde.
The win raised Blackwater’s record to 2-7 in a tie with Mahindra as the team eyes to make the playoffs for the first time ever.
Lastimosa is keeping his fingers crossed the Elite will finally make the quarterfinals in a bid to shed the team’s losing image.
“Ang Blackwater kasi parang laging sanay na talo, kaya dapat mabago namin yun,” he said. “We’re inspired that we’re able to get the ‘W’ today.”