AS the lead backcourt player for Barako Bull, veteran Dennis Miranda knows the responsibility of righting the ship for the Energy and not just relies on import Joshua Dollard alone in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign.
“Akala kasi namin, ang import namin siya magsa-salba sa amin pag fourth quarter. Masyado kaming nagre-rely sa kanya eh. Tulung tulong lang dapat kami,” he said.
“Hard work lang talaga, kasi kapag lumaban kami ng lumaban, sa awa ng Diyos, bibigyan din kami ng panalo.”
The Energy fall short against unbeaten Talk ‘N Text, 96-101, on Sunday as the loss dropped the team to a 1-3 record in the company of defending champion Alaska near the bottom of the standings.
Unlike before where he just serves as back-up guard at San Miguel, Miranda said he’s aware of the bigger obligation he holds right now at Barako.
At 31, the former Far Eastern University standout serves as mentor to rookie point guards Jeric Fortuna and Carlo Lastimosa, who have been showing a lot of promise so far early in the mid-season conference.
Then again, Miranda adds he also has a role to play within the system of coach Bong Ramos and not just tutor the likes of Fortuna and Lastimosa.
“Sabi nga ni coach to keep pounding the rack,” explained Miranda, who is averaging career-high numbers of 12.6 points and 4.6 assists this conference.