HE may be retiring soon, but expect Danny Ildefonso to keep playing his best in his final days with Meralco in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
After earlier announcing he is set to call it a career once the season-ending conference ends in July, the veteran Bolts big man delivered quality minutes that keyed his team’s 83-81 win against Star on Sunday night.
Ildefonso churned out eight points on 3-of-6 shooting and one rebound in 19 minutes as the Bolts moved to an even 2-2 win-loss slate.
The two-time league MVP was also entrusted to be part of the quintet that closed the game out and rewarded coach Norman Black’s faith by scoring the insurance basket that gave Meralco a four-point cushion with a little over a minute left.
“Answered prayer yung nangyari kasi ‘yun ‘yung gusto ko na at least kahit papaano, makatulong man lang ako,” said Ildefonso, who signed a one-year contract with the Bolts last year. “Maging sulit naman 'yung binayad sa akin.”
“Yun lang talaga goal ko: yung may maiwanan akong maganda dito sa one year na binigay sa akin sa Meralco,” he was quick to add. “Na hindi lang ako nandito at inaantay na lang 'yung matapos yung kontrata ko.
“Kaya laking pasalamat ko yung nangyari ngayon. Nakatulong kahit papaano.”
Ildefonso also put up a decent defensive job against Marqus Blakely down the stretch, disrupting the Star import’s attempt at a potential game-winning three-pointer.
“Salamat dahil hindi niya na-shoot, eh medyo naiwanan ako,” the 38-year-old cager smiled.
So whether on offense or defense, expect him to squeeze out everything that’s left to offer.