MAVERICK Ahanmisi played down his offensive explosion that went naught as Rain or Shine lost to Alaska, 111-99, in Game Four of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Friday night.
The rookie playmaker continued to show maturity beyond his years as he scattered a career-high 30 points, seven more than his previous high.
“I'd rather have zero points and win the championship rather than have thirty,” Ahanmisi said. “This one hurts, but we're up three-zero and we got another chance on Sunday.”
The Filipino-Nigerian combo guard admitted the E-Painters succumbed to the pressure of closing out a title series – as well as pressure from the Aces’ defense.
“We didn't handle their pressure that well,” he said after a game that saw RoS commit 13 turnovers in the first half alone. “That's what dug us a deep hole, and on defense, they were comfortable and their confidence grew as the game went on.”
“They came to play today and everybody has to do their part,” he added. “We didn't come to play today in terms of defense."
Ahanmisi, though, sparked a late rally, scoring half of his total output in the payoff period, including three on a three-pointer that pulled the E-Painters within eight, 107-99, with 41 seconds left after they trailed by 23 points entering the fourth.
“Hopefully, the way we played in the last couple of (minutes) will spill into the next game,” he said.