JUSTIN Melton reminded everyone that he’s also one Star gunner to be reckoned with on Wednesday night when he hit the dagger triple that broke the heart of Alaska in the 102-98 overtime thriller in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
While the Hotshots have Allein Maliksi and Paul Lee as their top snipers, Melton proved he belongs as he knocked down the three-pointer that gave them the lead for good at 100-98 with 26 seconds left.
The trey came after Lee hit a long triple that appeared to already take the fight out of the Aces before Calvin Abueva scored on a strong drive that gave Alaska its last taste of the lead.
“I want to be always a threat on the floor,” Melton said. “Paul is a great shooter, everybody is a shooter so I took the shot and it was all a blur, I was telling everybody it happened so quick.”
Coming in averaging 1.6 three-point conversions on a solid 45.8-percent clip from beyond the arc, the man known as 'Quickmelt' drained a personal conference-high four triples in all against the Aces, making up all his 12 points.
“I made a few shots, Paul hit some big shots also, it was all team effort,” Melton, known more for his athleticism in his first few years in the league, said. “It wasn’t just that shot, it was a team effort for sure.”
But expect the 30-year-old playmaker, who also contributed six boards, three assists, and two steals in 29 minutes as a starter, to take more of this kind of shots with the team oozing with confidence heading into the playoffs.
“I think this is a great boost to our confidence,” Melton said. “Alaska is a tough team, so to be able to handle the business tonight with that type of win, our spirit is lifted in the locker room and we're excited to get back in the gym in practice and take it one game at a time.”