BILL Walker is reminding his Blackwater teammates to stay on their toes after they pulled off a 92-91 upset victory over Meralco on Tuesday night that dragged their PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinal matchup to a deciding game.
The Elite import commended his team for showing poise character down the stretch after giving up an early double-digit lead to outlast the top-seeded Bolts.
But the six-year NBA veteran knows it’s only going to get tougher.
“We were fortunate to make enough plays and keep it close so we could strike in the end, but I warned the guys, they're a championship caliber team,” Walker said. “We just poked the bear.
“And if you're from the country like I am, you gotta be ready what happens when the bear turns around,” he added.
Walker stood at the front of the stand, scoring 19 of his 30 points in the final frame, but he praised Allein Maliksi for bringing the Elite home with his two clutch jumpers.
“He keeps the defense honest,” Walker said of the Elite’s newest addition. “That fourth quarter I was able to get a lot of one-on-one and I feel like I could score on anybody. But those guys have to be aggressive early on and get their games going, it makes everybody play honest.”
“At the end, it was just fitting that the new guy that came in and giving us that new weapon, he put it in at the end and it was a great shot,” he added.
“I felt more happy about that than any of my points,” he continued. “Of course it was the game winner but just how calm he was, he was ready. He's just cool and confident. He's never out of character and he's always under control. He's just a scorer.”
Walker is bracing for the Bolts once they vent their ire in the deciding game on Thursday.
“Hopefully, everybody gets rest tonight and we go back to the drawing board and come back ready to match their intensity,” the six-year NBA veteran said. “I know for sure, coach Black, I have the utmost respect for him, I know he's going to have his team ready to go. We better be ready or we're gonna get whooped off the court.”