Joe Devance plays down own heroics, gives all credit to Helterbrand-Caguioa pair
“It has to be all heart and all passion every play and that's what they showed,” Joe Devance says of Ginebra leaders Jayjay Helterbrand and Mark Caguioa. Jaime Campos

JOE Devance played down his own heroics in Game Four of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, instead putting the emphasis on Jayjay Helterbrand and Mark Caguioa sparking Ginebra’s comeback against Meralco in an 88-86 win on Friday night.

Lost in the 'Fast and the Furious' late show was Devance scoring the go-ahead basket - a turnaround jumper that beat the shot block with 25.7 seconds left as the Gin Kings knotted the best-of-seven series at two games apiece.

“I hit the game-winner, but I give all the credit to Jayjay and Mark in that fourth quarter and just turned the game around for us,” Devance said.

“I don’t want to say we quit or anything like that, it just came out that showed all of us what is gonna take to win a championship and just to be in this team, you know never say die, that's how we need to play every game and every possession.

“It has to be all heart and all passion every play and that's what they showed,” he added. “I'm just gonna give them all the credit.” 

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Devance also shrugged off LA Tenorio’s missed free throws that gave the Bolts a chance to at least tie the game before the Gin Kings delivered on the defensive end salvage the Game Four win.

“He missed the crucial free throws, but it’s all right,” Devance said. “I've been with coach Tim (Cone) for ten years now and he always puts pride on defense, that's how we won the game: getting stops, and I think that's what we do, I think we got two to three stops in a row.”

Devance expects the rest of the series to be as close, but he knows how Ginebra can prevail in the end - by playing with passion.


“This whole series is gonna be close,” he added. “That's what we expect and hopefully we can come up and we have to play with passion. We have go out here and want it.”

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