VETERAN guard Jayjay Helterbrand was just too happy to come off the bench and lead Ginebra’s second unit in providing the needed spark in the Kings’ 93-64 rout of San Mig Super Coffee Mixers that tied their PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series Friday night.
The 37-year-old Helterbrand fired 11 points, grabbed four rebounds, and added three assists in showing the way for the Kings’ shock troopers, who outscored their Mixers counterpart, 44-10.
“Our second group altogether played really well. We we’re able to give the first group enough rest because the more rest they can get is good for us,” Helterbrand said after the Kings’ 29-point rout of the Mixers.
The one-time league MVP actually scored seven points in the first half, firing a three-ball, adding a short jumper and a pair of free throws that allowed the Kings to take a comfortable 48-32 cushion at the half.
Starters Greg Slaughter, LA Tenorio, and Japeth Aguilar, who usually averages 35 minutes of playing time or more this conference, played only 28 minutes or less in the game as the Ginebra bench took over for most of the second half.
“Defensively, we were focusing on Yancy (De Ocampo) and their rookie (Ian Sangalang) because they keep getting their outside shots (in Game One),” explained the former Kentucky State University stalwart.
Despite the lopsided win, Helterbrand said the best-of-seven series currently tied at 1-1 is still a long way to go, though he did admit winning Game Two already gave the Kings the momentum heading to Sunday’s Game 3 set at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“Momentum is on our side. We now have the confidence and we have more fresh legs. I think it showed out there tonight,” he said.