DANNY Seigle seized the moment on Sunday night when an undermanned Talk ‘N Text frustrated Barangay Ginebra, 95-91, in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
The veteran Tropang Texters forward, who hardly saw action in their Commissioner’s Cup title run, was suddenly thrust into an important role in their debut in the season-ending tournament with the absence of star forward Ranidel de Ocampo as well as Jayson Castro, Kevin Alas, and Aaron Aban.
And Seigle didn’t disappoint coach Jong Uichico as he emerged as the highest-scoring local with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, three rebounds, and one assist off the bench - good enough to earn Player of the Game honors.
“(Coach) always tells us to be ready, always take advantage of the opportunity when it presents itself,” Seigle, who turns 39 next month, said.
“I’m just holding the fort until those guys to get back. I don’t mind this role. I’ll do whatever I can to win and it’s all about winning,” he added. “And when those guys come back, hopefully, I can still give them some rest and I’m fine with that.”
Seigle, who played only seven games, averaging just 7.6 minutes last conference, did admit of having to catch his breath once in a while.
“Honestly, being out there was a bit tiring, because I haven’t played in a while and it’s something you could not prepare for in terms of getting in game shape,” said the 6-foot-7 forward, who logged 24 minutes. “I do extra running and everything, but nothing prepares you for the game.”
“Good thing I have sixteen years of experience; that helps a lot,” the 1999 Rookie of the Year was quick to add.
Uichico was no longer surprised by Seigle's fine performance.
“It’s good we had some days to get his rhythm back. But being a veteran, alam niya ang role niya sa team,” Uichico said.
So it seemed it was like the good old San Miguel Beer days for coach and player.
“No (I’m not surprised with his performance),” said Uichico, who coached Seigle at SMB for half a decade. “I’ve been with him for a long time and alam ko naman that because of his maturity, he’ll do the right things.”