KEVIN Ferrer's incredible shooting display in the second quarter of Game Two of the PBA Philippine Finals helped Ginebra build a 26 point lead early, but his poor defense almost took it all away.
Thankfully for him, his 18-point explosion in the second quarter gave Ginebra enough of a buffer to hack out a 124-118 overtime victory on Sunday in Lucena. But he didn’t walk away unscathed as he got an earful from coach Tim Cone after missing key rotations, which led to triples from Ronald Tubid and Arwind Santos that got the Beermen back on top momentarily.
Ferrer, though, took it upon himself to make a dent defensively.
The Beermen faced a six-point deficit with about 30 ticks left in overtime, and once again went to Santos for a three-pointer on the top of the key to trim the gap. But this time, Ferrer got his redemption as he swatted away the former PBA MVP's attempt from downtown to slam the door shut on San Miguel’s comeback bid.
"Yun nga eh, parang tine-take ko na lang yun as experience lang talaga. Ngayon alam ko na yung mga tendencies ng mga players, so hindi ko na (sila) pinabayaan," Ferrer said.
"At least sa huli, buti nakabawi ako," he added.
Ferrer sounded more excited about his late-game defensive heroics than his second quarter onslaught, which is a pretty historic feat in itself.
Ferrer's 18-point second quarter outburst could be the most points that a rookie ever scored in a quarter, according to PBA Chief Statistician Fidel Mangonon. That distinction just couldn't be verified due to the lack of availability of quarterscores during Allan Caidic's 48-point performance in the 1987 Open Conference for Great Taste.
Either way, Ferrer's in good company.
"Wala, I did my best lang. Ayun, ayun ang game plan, pag libre, tira lang talaga. Sabi nila, kumpyansa lang, okay lang. Kailangan sundin namin yung plano," Ferrer said.
With Game Two all behind him, the former King Tigers insists that they have learned their lessons on keeping big leads. After all, it's not every day that he'll be putting in numbers like the Triggerman himself.
"Wag titingin sa score. Keep on playing kahit anong score yan. May ano talaga eh, may swing ng momentum, sila naka-ano. Buti na lang unang-una kaming naka-swing ng momentum so at least meron kaming baon," said Ferrer.