Rampant Jameel McKay happy to atone for Phoenix meltdown vs Rain or Shine
Jameel McKay is happy to avert a repeat of a Phoenix meltdown against Rain or Shine. Jerome Ascano

JAMEEL McKay played down his monster effort on Friday night, saying he was simply satisfied that Phoenix got back on the winning track with a 94-86 decision of Alaska in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

The Fuel Masters import registered 42 points and 22 boards along with two blocks, two steals to hlep the team snap out of a two-game skid and improve to a 3-4 win-loss record.

“It felt good. Most importantly, we got the win, that's all I really cared about,” McKay said. “Going into the game, I wanted to impact the game in a way that would make us win, and I did and I felt good.”

“We definitely [had a sense of urgency] especially with the way we lost last game, controlling it until the end [before collapse],” he added, referring to their loss to Rain or Shine last week in a game where they blew a 17-point lead.

“I took ownership of that and wanted to come out to make sure that I put us in a situation to win the game again and then we came through.”

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Despite his impressive performance, Mckay felt he still needs to improve his conditioning to avoid getting cramps – like he did late against the Aces.

“I just got to continue to take care of my body,” McKay said. “Luckily it lasted to the final minute, so I just gotta do a better job, and hopefully I get no more cramps. I never felt them before, it kinda caught me by surprise. I stay pretty hydrated so I guess I just played a little harder today.”

“I got a lot more wins to get, that's the most important thing,” he added. “It's just all about winning right now.”

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