Friday the 13th proves lucky as RR Garcia ends three-game shooting woes a day after birthday
RR Garcia carried the fight early for the Beermen with all but one of his 17 points scored in the first three quarters. Jaime Campos

FRIDAY the 13th proved to be lucky for someone who just celebrated his birthday.

A day after turning 27, RR Garcia caught fire early for San Miguel Beer in its 107-101 overtime victory over Rain or Shine on Friday night in the PBA Philippine Cup.

While Alex Cabagnot rescued them from defeat, it was who Garcia who kept them afloat early as he registered all but one of his 17 points in the first three quarters, built around four triples, on top of three boards and two assists in 24 minutes off the bench.

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“Sinwerte lang. Blessing lang ‘yun,” Garcia said. “Basta ang importante panalo.”

“Dahil din sa mga teammates ko, lalo na sina Chris Ross at Alex,” he added. “Kasi pag pinapasok ako, lagi nila akong sinasabihan na, ‘sige, tira ka lang,’ Kumbaga nakakadagdag ng kumpiyansa sa akin.”

Coming in averaging just 2.7 points on a woeful 14.3-percent shooting in his last three games, the fourth-year playmaker, acquired in a trade in the offseason, regained his touch as he ended up with his best offensive performance in an SMB uniform so far.

“Kasi ilang games na rin na wala akong napakita,” Garcia said. “Nag-extra shooting lang ako para makuha ko yung rhythm ko. Ayun, nagbunga naman.”

“Si coach Leo (Austria), yung motivation and kumpiyansa na binibigay niya sa akin, sinsukulian ko lang,” he added. “Basta mag-set up muna ako, tapos pag naka-shoot, bonus na lang yun.” 

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