DONDON Hontiveros said it was a simple tweet that inspired his game-saving heroics in Alaska's 89-84 overtime win over Rain or Shine on Friday night.
Averaging just 5.6 points a game in the PBA Commissioner's Cup going to the game, the 13-year veteran exploded for 22 points while going 7-of-10 from beyond the three-point arc to lead the Aces' amazing climb from the depths of a 22-point second-half deficit.
Asked in the post-game interview what sparked his return to form, the 35-year-old Cebuano gunman said he read a tweet from Spin.ph columnist Fidel Mangonon III (@thepbaologist) on the morning before the match and drew inspiration from it.
The tweet read: "When you have mentality that the ring is way bigger compared to the basketball - which it actually is - you can be unstoppable on offense."
With that mentality, Hontiveros was simply unstoppable in the final quarter.
The Alaska veteran hit six three-pointers from the fourth quarter alone, including back-to-back treys that gave the Aces the lead late in regulation as well as two more in overtime that finally broke the backs of the Elasto Painters.
"Nabasa ko kasi kaninang umaga ang tweet ni Fidel kaya hinanap ko rhythm ko," said Hontiveros, himself active on Twitter with more than 50,000 followers (@dhonts7) on the social networking site.
However, he admitted that winning was not on his mind after Alaska fell behind by a large margin at the end of the first half.
“Nung naka-shoot na ako at nakuha ko na yung rhythm ko, inisip ko na lang yung ipakita namin to finish strong no matter ano outcome ng game,” he said.
Hontiveros also refused to grab all the credit, saying it was import Robert Dozier, rookie Calvin Abueva, and Gabby Espinas who laid the foundation for the great fightback.
“Nagsimula din kasi iyan sa third quarter, iyan sina Rob (Dozier) saka Gabby. Of course, yung intensity pa ni Calvin,” said Hontiveros.