FOR Cliff Hodge, it's all about the win.
The 31-year-old wingman of the Meralco Bolts played a total of 54 minutes and finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds in their 126-123 double overtime win over NorthPort last Wednesday.
Hodge pushed himself to the limit and even suffered cramps in his left calf for diving for the ball.
“Tired. Really tired. Take this like 50 minutes, every minute counts just so we get a win. So as long as we win its all worth it,” said Hodge.
Meralco coach Norman Black admitted he has already warned Hodge about diving on the floor especially that he is not getting any younger.
“He is just being Cliff Hodge. He loves the floor,” said Black. “He loves to stay on that floor. I’m sure he will be okay.”
“I keep telling Cliff. I think he is already 31. I keep telling him, the older you get, the more the floor does not become your friend. The floor becomes your emeny. You don’t want to hit that too often. But he is still hitting it every chance he gets,” Black added with a smile.
Despite Black’s warnings, Hodge said he will continue to do anything to help Meralco get the win.
“Just got to do what I got to do just to get a win. Right now, I'm getting older and I'm trying not to fall as much. But if it takes that to get a win for our team, then I just go to do what I do," said Hodge talking about his intensity on going for the 50-50 balls.
Currently, the Bolts have a 3-5 record after snapping their three-game losing streak. They still have Rain or Shine, Ginebra and Alaska on their schedule.
“We needed that. I think if we didn't win that we're probably out in playoffs. Every game is important now and if we want to make it make it to the playoffs, we just gonna keep giving the effort and listen to the coaches. Hopefully we make it to the playoffs in the last three games we got,” said Hodge.
"We're gonna take one game at a time. Rain or Shine is a great team. We still need to give the same effort we give tonight. I think we have a good chance to win,” said Hodge. Eugene Flores