NICO Elorde said he will continue to play his style of defense in his bid to help NorthPort advance to the semifinals against San Miguel.
Elorde was involved in two separate skirmishes with Terrence Romeo and Chris Ross during NorthPort’s 98-84 loss to San Miguel that sent the series to a sudden death on Wednesday.
But Elorde said he is unperturbed about the two incidents.
“Part naman ng game ‘yun. Ganun lang talaga ako maglaro so hindi ako aatras kahit kanino,” said Elorde, who incidentally is a grandson of the late Philippine boxing legend Gabriel ‘Flash’ Elorde. “Trabaho ‘to. Kailangan naming manalo”
Elorde got into heated words with Romeo early in the fourth quarter after the two were tightly guarding each other during the match.
Elorde and Ross also got into a few exchanges of words after Elorde fouled Ross, sending him crashing in front of the table officials because of a push.
Elorde felt Ross flopped during the play.
“Ewan ko dun. Flop nga ‘yung ginawa niya. Hindi ko nga alam eh. Tumalsik lang siya. Ewan ko, nag-exaggerate,” Elorde said.
Elorde played 12 minutes in the match and scored two points but also contributed two rebounds and two assists in the loss that saw the Batang Pier fell behind by as many as 17 points but were able to cut the deficit to one point.
Still, Elorde is confident about the team’s chances heading into the knockout game.
“Kaya kami nandito kasi twice-to-beat kami. Hindi pa tapos ang basketball. Kailangan maging ready kami kung ano man ang maging resulta,” said Elorde.