DENOK Miranda showed a glimpse of what exactly he can give Blackwater in its campaign in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
In his first game for the Elite after signing a one-conference contract, the veteran playmaker registered five points, two assists, and two boards, without a turnover in less than seven minutes of play in their 105-90 loss to Meralco on Wednesday night.
Miranda checked in early in the third period with the Elite down by 15 points and came out with his team down by just five points as he ended up with the second-highest plus-minus among his teammates with +7, next to Art dela Cruz, who had +12, but after playing 17 more minutes.
“Pagpasok ko kanina, talagang tinodo ko, seven minutes straight ata,” Miranda said after the game, which he admitted took its toll on him after playing his first competitive match in roughly six months.
“Kaso parang kinapos rin ako kaya ako nagpa-sub kay coach,” the 34-year-old cager admitted. “Siguro basketball shape ang hirap, kasi nagpapa-condition rin naman ako: takbo, weights, pero yung basketball iba yung shape sa katawan.”
“Mga ilang games, siguro next game, kung seven minutes ngayon, siguro ten minutes naman,” he added with a chuckle.
Still, Miranda made the most of his short time on the floor as he provided leadership to their young backcourt composed of Jerick Canada, Roi Sumang, and Juami Tiongson.
“Ginaguide ko rin yung mga batang point guard kasi nasa attack mode sila sa lahat,” Miranda said. “Kinakalma ko muna sila para ma-set muna namin yung play namin kasi medyo pagpasok ko tiningnan ko muna kasi mga bata yan, gusto lahat magpakita.”
“Syempre sa akin, as a point guard, ma-set mo yung teammate mo, yung spacing ninyo ayos, syempre yung direction kung ano yung gusto ni coach sa loob,” he added.