DONDON Hontiveros admitted he’s contemplating on finally calling it a career had Alaska won the PBA Philippine Cup championship.
But as the Aces fell short of target, the veteran wingman now has two more conferences to ride into the sunset.
“I was thinking of retiring kung nanalo kami ngayon, pero hindi nangyari,” said Hontiveros as he made his way out of the Alaska dugout following the Aces’ 96-89 loss to the Beermen in Game Seven of the finals Wednesday night.
“I still have two conferences to work on it, and make it special.”
Hontiveros didn’t exactly have a good series to remember for the Aces and finished the sudden-death game with only six points on 2-of-8 shooting from the field.
The Cebuano forward said years of playing have definitely taken a toll on him that he’s ready to give way to some of Alaska’s young guys such as Rome Dela Rosa and Kevin Racal.
“We have to give opportunities naman to young guys,” he said mentioning the likes of Racal and even Marion Magat.
Although hurting with the loss and the ignominy of being the first team to lose a championship after holding a 3-0 lead, Hontiveros remains positive that he’ll still be able to end his 16-year pro career in a blaze of glory.
“Sobrang sakit talaga. Very disappointing,” he said. “Maganda sana kung nanalo, maganda sana ang retirement. Right now I’m emotionally drained.”
“So I have two conferences to think about the future, but still very thankful to Alaska for the opportunities it has given me.”