MIKE Harris won the television broadcast’s man of the match but he paid tribute to the team effort showed by Alaska in its quarterfinal victory over San Miguel on Wednesday.
Harris had 25 points and 17 rebounds in leading Alaska to a 96-85 win over San Miguel to advance into the best-of-five semifinals where they will face either Phoenix or Meralco.
“It was a true testament to the team,” Harris said. “I went out early in the fourth, Chris (Banchero) twisted his ankle, everybody stepped up.”
“I shouldn’t have gotten Player of the Game. Should have been the whole team. Everybody. I couldn’t pick one person. Everybody played well. That’s was a great time and a test to show what type of team we are. That shows character,” said Harris.
Aside from Harris, Simon Enciso came up big following the injury of Banchero when he made 15 points on 3 of 7 shooting from threes. Vic Manuel had 14 points, while Jeron Teng contributed 10 for the Aces.
Kevin Racal, JVee Casio, and even veteran Sonny Thoss provided quality minutes for the Aces as they played against a San Miguel team that has a full line-up that included June Mar Fajardo.
“Jeron played well, K-Racs, Simon, JVee like all those guys, and Sonny came in and played his butt off.
With them (San Miguel) having the big guy (Fajardo) back, they’ve been playing well. They have a lot of confidence. That’s the thing you want to do. When you come to the playoffs, records don’t matter. You want to be playing well be at the end of the season. You want to be going upward,” said Harris.
Alaska will now be waiting for its semifinal opponent as the Aces go up against either second-seed Phoenix or seventh-ranked Meralco.
“I don’t care,” said Harris, when asked if he has a preferred opponent. “I think it’s going to be a great game. I might even come watch it or watch it at home. I know right now that Meralco is playing really well. It’s hard to beat Phoenix two in a row. I think it’s going to be a close game. I’m interested who’s going to win but for us, in order to be the best, you have to beat the best.”