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    Mark Macapagal seizes opportunity as NLEX forgets about four-time three-point king

    Mar 27, 2015
    Mark Macapagal scored 22 points in 19 minutes for the Bolts. Jerome Ascano

    MARK Macapagal definitely knows when to seize the moment.

    With gunner Gary David the focal point of NLEX’s defense and Jared Dilinger suffering an early injury, the Meralco substitute guard stepped up to lead the Bolts to a 97-82 win over the Road Warriors on Friday in Game One of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinal series.

    Macapagal came off the bench and waxed hot with a season-high 22 points, highlighted by five three-pointers, in 19 minutes, just two less than the total playing time he saw action the entire elimination round.

    “Kailangan may mag-step up at nagkataon lang na ako yung hindi nila masyado scouted ngayong araw,” he said.

    After all, who would focus on a player who averaged just three minutes per game and has never made a triple in seven appearances in the eliminations?

    [See Dillinger feared out for the rest of playoffs after knee injury]

    But maybe the Road Warriors forgot he is the league’s only four-time three-point shooting contest champion.

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    The 35-year-old Macapagal reminded them why, and that there’s another sharpshooter at Meralco aside from David.

    “Sayang (kung hindi lubusin). Minsan lang dumating ‘yan, so gina-grab ko lang.”

    “I give credit to my teammates kasi they really looked for me tsaka maganda rin yung scouting ng NLEX kay Gary, so siguro napaganda ‘yun sa akin kasi siya 'yung binigyan nila ng attention,” the Pampanga pride added.

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    “It makes life a lot easier when you can make outside shots and Mark stepped in today and hit a lot of perimeter shots for us,” Bolts coach Norman Black said. “It really opened it up for the big guys inside.”

    But Macapagal is now aware he’ll be part of the Road Warriors’ scouting report for Game Two on Sunday.

    “‘Yun lang,” the 10-year league veteran said with a smile. “‘Yun lang 'yung medyo paghahandaan natin ngayon kung ano yung mga adjustment nila.”

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    Mark Macapagal scored 22 points in 19 minutes for the Bolts. Jerome Ascano
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