HAMADY N’Diaye rued the missed chance of notching a triple-double for Kia in their 83-76 double-overtime win over Blackwater in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Tuesday night.
The Carnival’s Senegalese slotman flirted with twin digits in three categories as he registered 23 rebounds, 16 points, and nine blocks in 53 minutes as his team gained a share of second spot with the hard-earned victory against a fellow expansion side.
Although stressing he’s not stats-conscious, N’Diaye believes he recorded the rare feat.
“I’m going to watch the film, because I do think I had at least ten blocks,” the seven-foot reinforcement insisted.
“But it is what it is,” he was quick to add. “It’s just effort. I don’t count those things. I rarely even look at the stats sheet, to be honest. I just play a whole game and at the end of the game, I know everything I have.”
The dominant showing was his way of atoning for a letdown that saw him tally just eight boards, six points, and three blocks in Kia’s 85-82 win over NLEX.
“I was just trying to find myself again because last game was kind of a down game for me,” N’Diaye said. “I just wanted to be aggressive and do what I do best, which is play defense. I just wanted to focus on my defense and the let the offense come through.”
His defensive presence, alone was enough to make foes think twice about driving down the lane.
“That’s (defense) what I do best,” N’Diaye beamed. “There’s no better joy for me than to know that my opponent is not scoring on me. Shot blocking is the icing on the cake.”
The imposing import, though, hopes he can also contribute more on the other end.
“I also know how to play offense, but it’s going to come slowly, but surely,” said N’Diaye, who shot 7-of-11 from the field, but missed all but two of his 11 charities. “I got to fit in the team, got to get certain things right. I’m glad my teammates are working with me.”
He has shown flashes as he scored the stab and the slam dunk that gave Kia the lead for good in the second extra session.