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    RR Garcia saves best for last as Barako sustains strong start to PBA season

    Nov 17, 2015
    RR Garcia drives against the Mahindra defense. Jerome Ascano

    ASKED to have a good start, RR Garcia saved his best for last instead.

    The Barako Bull playmaker delivered in the endgame for the Energy on Tuesday night when they dispatched Mahindra, 93-85, to sustain their surprising start in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup.

    “Lagi nire-remind sa akin ni coach na kailangan ko mag-good start kasi ilang games na lagi akong bad start,” Garcia said.

    While he heeded coach Koy Banal’s call by scoring six points in the first quarter, the 25-year-old cager had his most notable performance in the payoff period where he pumped in 16 of his 26 points in a virtual one-man run for the Energy.

    [See Much-maligned Barako continues to defy odds]

    Garcia pointed out he just tried to take advantage of the Enforcers’ move of veering away from a pesky man-to-man defense.

    “Nag-zone sila eh kaya siguro medyo nalibre ako,” the 5-foot-11 combo guard said.

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    Still, Garcia deflected the credit to his coaching staff as well as his teammates.

    “Gina-guide nila ako,” the former UAAP MVP out of Far Eastern University said.

    Banal has nothing but praise for his point guard.

    “He can do whatever you ask him to do,” the veteran mentor said. “He’s very smart. I like his skills.”

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