DANNY Seigle knows his best days are probably behind him, but the way he contributed in Barako Bull’s early 2-0 lead in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup speaks a lot about his value to the newly-retooled franchise.
Seigle, who spent his best years with San Miguel Beer from 1999 to the 2010-2011 season, has been instrumental in the Energy Cola’s two straight victories to start the Commissioner’s Cup.
He scored five of his eight points in the crucial stretches of their game against San Mig Coffee to lead Barako Bull to an upset win over the defending Commissioner’s Cup champion, 79-75 on Friday.
Then on Sunday, Seigle rattled off five straight points to start the overtime period, just enough momentum to galvanize the confidence of Barako Bull on the way to a huge 98-88 come-from-behind victory against Globalport.
“The point there is being healthy,” Seigle told Spin.ph after the game. “I’ve been playing through aches and pains in the past, but then I started off this conference by just letting my injuries heal.”
He looks in good shape, a good sign for the 36-year-old, four-time Finals MVP, which allowed him to even elevate for a highlight-reel dunk against Globalport’s shot-blocking import Justin Williams.
“I just felt I needed to go stronger since he’s (Williams) a shot blocker. So I just need to go strong to the hole. Now if it’s there (opportunity to dunk), it’s there,” he added.
Barako Bull’a active team consultant Rajko Toroman said there had been a lot of questions about his working relationship with Seigle when he joined the team early last January. But he said he’s proud of how his veteran forward has been responding to his system.
“You saw how Danny Seigle has stepped up in two games. There had been a lot of questions on how me and Danny Seigle will work together because of my style of practice and his age. But you see, he’s looking good,” Toroman said of the man they call “Dynamite Danny."