DONDON Hontiveros credits the hybrid offense initiated by Alaska coach Alex Compton which spreads out the scoring opportunities among the Aces and make the team unpredictable in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup.
On Friday night, it was the veteran Cebuano hotshot who seized the moment as he torched NLEX for 18 points in the second half to lead the Aces to a come-from-behind 90-84 win.
Hontiveros finished the game with 21 markers.
The 6-foot-2 shooting forward said Compton’s offensive plays include a lot of ball movement and reading the situation, allowing every Aces to get a chance of scoring.
“If you see our offense, kahit sino naman pwedeng mag-score. You see Calvin is like a point forward, tapos sa ibang games, si Chris Banchero naman or si RJ Jazul. Natapat lang na maganda ang laro ko. Pero sa offense namin, kahit sino naman (can score),” Hontiveros said after helping the Aces regain the top spot in the standings with their 8-1 record.
The 37-year-old former University of Cebu standout said the team is simply living out to its “we-not-me” battle cry, a big reason why people don’t normally see center Sonny Thoss, the high-flying Cyrus Baguio, or JV Casio take the scoring lead for Alaska this season.
“Nakikita namin na si Calvin, bumalik na yung laro niya sa college. Nakaka-dominate siya with the ball or off the ball, tapos nakaka-kuha siya ng offensive rebounds,” Hontiveros said.
“We’re not looking for Sonny every time or JV or Cyrus. Binabasa lang namin kung sino ang open for the offensive setup. So dun lang namin tinitingnan every time,” added the Alaska gunner.
The Aces return to action next Tuesday when they battles Barangay Ginebra Kings before closing their elimination round schedule against Rain or Shine on Dec. 5.
A sweep of their last two games would give the Aces an automatic seat in the semifinals.