ERIC Dawson heaved a sigh of relief after scoring Blackwater’s game-winner that canceled out Allein Maliksi’s heroics for Star in their PBA Governors’ Cup game on Friday night.
The Elite import admitted he was left stunned after Maliksi buried an ill-advised three-pointer in transition that gave the Hotshots the lead with less than 15 seconds left, before Dawson retaliated with a low-post basket off a timeout that paved the way for the 100-98 win.
“We’re all professionals and we’re all going to hit shots, but my heart dropped a little bit,” the Elite import admitted. “But I had to keep my composure and told my team that we still have time to win the game and that’s what we did.”
“It was good to see the ball go in,” he added of his scoop shot over Marc Pingris. “I was struggling from the field. It was just great to see the ball go in and we could get a victory.”
Dawson, who averaged 30.8 points in his first stint as import three years ago, was limited to his lowest output in the PBA with just 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting, although he added 11 boards, three blocks, three assists, and one steal in 35 minutes.
The 6-foot-7 big man was also hobbled by foul trouble, prompting the locals led by Poy Erram, Jerick Canada, Carlo Lastimosa, and Bam Gamalinda to fill the void.
“It’s great. They stepped up when I wasn’t on the court,” Dawson said. “No matter if I didn’t score (enough), I’m still glad we got the win.”
“It’s always good to beat a powerhouse,” he added. “It says something about our team. We prepared all week for them and we executed on offense and defense. It was a great outcome for us.”