MAVERICK Ahanmisi had no regrets taking that late layup in regulation that left the door open for Alaska to force overtime before Rain or Shine held on to a 109-103 win in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup matchup on Friday night.
With the E-Painters up by one, 92-91, and getting possession back after a Calvin Abueva turnover, Ahanmisi saw a wide-open lane and chose to go for a layup – instead of milking the clock dry – with five seconds left to give them a three-point lead.
That proved enough time for Aces import Tony Campbell to throw the ball to other side of the court to Chris Banchero, who took a dribble then launched a desperation trey that went through the bottom of the net to force overtime.
“I told Maverick, we already won the game. Masyado lang minadali 'yung layup,” ROS coach Caloy Garcia said. “He could’ve just, you know … But then, hindi mo rin ma-ano sa player eh – he made the layup and we went up by three.”
Ahanmisi explained his mindset.
“We were thinking about quotient,” the third-year playmaker said. “You don't really think somebody's going to hit a game winner in three seconds or you know but it was a big shot by Chris.”
“If I were to do it again, I'd do the same thing,” he added.
Ahanmisi again gave the Aces a chance in the extra session when he missed two free throws that kept the ROS lead at two points with 18 seconds left, before atoning for it by coming up with a steal – off a deflection by Gabe Norwood – and scoring a layup that gave them a two-possession lead.
“I just got to get back on defense,” Ahanmisi said of his thoughts after missing those charities. “We still got time left and I saw Gabe tip the ball in the air and the import wasn't looking at me when the ball was in the air so I knew I had the chance to go and get it.
“Good hands on Gabe to allow me to get that ball,” he added.