IMPORT Joshua Dollard is relieved to see two-time MVP Willie Miller come up big during stretch run and added firepower to Barako Bull’s 92-90 win over San Mig Super Coffee on Tuesday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
“He’s (Miller) big. Willie is a veteran in this league, a two-time MVP and a guy that knows the game inside and out,” Dollard said in describing the second half effort of the 5-10 Barako Bull star.
“He keeps us together. He keeps us loose. I appreciate his effort tonight.”
Dollard, the tournament’s leading scorer with 36 points per game average, tossed in 32 points, forming a dreaded one-two punch with Miller, who chipped in 13 of his 19 points in the fourth period.
The 28-year-old American admitted being vocal since the team dropped a 100-106 decision to Talk ‘N Text more than a week ago, Barako Bull’s third straight loss in the conference.
“You gotta to do whatever to get the win and so I encouraged my teammates. I told them I need you guys early. So I paced myself, gave them the ball early and kinda approached every game then, just take charge when I need to,” explained the soft-spoken native of Hemingway, South Carolina.
Dollard said the Energy will try to carry the momentum of their huge win over San Mig when Barako Bull squares off with defending Commissioner’s Cup champion Alaska next week.