RAYMOND Almazan had his humbling moment against Kwame Alexander in their PBA Governors’ Cup game on Wednesday night in stride.
The sophomore Rain or Shine slotman was at the wrong end of a poster-worthy play as he unsuccessfully challenged the vicious dunk of the high-flying NLEX import in the fourth quarter of the Elasto Painters’ 106-102 win.
“Part of the game ‘yun,” Almazan said after the game. “Magagalit siguro ako sa kanya kung sinira niya yung career ko, pero hindi naman siguro eh. Hindi naman ako mamamatay ‘dun.”
“Minsan nang-gaganun rin tayo,” the 6-foot-7 beanpole added. “So bakit hindi natin tanggapin din yun na first time lang nangyari sa akin.”
“Wala sa akin yun. Wala akong pakialam ‘dun.”
At least Almazan had the guts of trying to reject Alexander’s one-handed dunk conversion that was among the highlights of the Road Warriors’ stunning comeback and nudged them to within 91-88 with a little over five minutes to go.
“Kaysa naman wala akong ginawang effort,” the former NCAA MVP out of Letran said. “Sabi ni coach okay lang ‘yun.”
“Nagulat din talaga ako eh,” he admitted. “Akala ko i-go-go hard lang niya ng left hand (layup), pero bigla siyang tumalon ng mataas. So wala na akong nagawa.”