THE contrast in their performances on Sunday may have been unintentional, but Maverick Ahanmisi seemed to have taken a step back like a proud elder brother to allow his younger sibling Jerrick to take the spotlight.
The elder Ahanmisi was proud to see his younger brother impress in his UAAP debut, tallying 28 points built around six three-pointers for Adamson in its 104-85 win over University of the Philippines on Sunday.
The Rain or Shine guard, however, had a relatively quiet game with just eight points on 2-of-5 shooting and three assists in 14 minutes off the bench for the Elasto Painters’ 111-99 loss to the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA Governors’ Cup hours later.
Still, Maverick found reason to smile following the standout performance of his brother.
“I was just hoping to end up with a win,” Maverick said. “That's my little brother so I'm happy for him to have his moment. There's no duplication from me trying to one-up on him or anything.”
“It's his time, his moment to shine, I don’t want to take anything away from him,” he added.
Maverick was also hardly surprised that Jerrick would make an immediate impact for the Falcons.
“He's that kind of player, if he wants to put an effort to it,” the elder Ahanmisi said. “He's a shooter. Ever since we were young, that's all he does. Even if he can’t reach the basket, he's still trying to shoot from afar so I knew growing up, he's gonna be a pretty good player.”
Big brother, however, isn't about to pile more pressure on little bro.
“(But) I don’t want him to feel like he has pressure on him to try and make it to the PBA,” he added. “He is his own person.”
“He's been waiting for this day and I'm happy for him to get his moment,” Maverick continued. “I hope he takes it to keep working hard and hopefully he keeps having success.”