BOCAUE - IT was the best Nick Young impersonation Ryan Arana could have in an official PBA game.
But unlike the Los Angeles Lakers guard, his three-point attempt didn’t even hit the rim.
“Akala ko pasok e, tinignan ko na talaga sa (giant TV) screen,” he said of a similar shot Young tried to pull off against the New York Knicks a few years back when he prematurely celebrated a three-pointer by immediately turning his back to the basket only to realize the ball didn’t go in.
“Sabay kapos pala, Napakamot na lang ako ng ulo,” added Arana, who naturally got a lot of ribbing from media men who sought him out following Mahindra’s 97-93 overtime win over Blackwater in the PBA Philippine Cup on Christmas Day at the Philippine Arena here.
Good thing, deputy coach Chris Gavina didn’t get livid over the antics of the veteran guard.
“Di naman ako pinagalitan ni coach sa kapos na tira na yun,” according to Arana. “Sabi niya bawiin ko na lang sa depense.”
Notwithstanding that hilarious blunder, there was no doubt Arana was a key player on this Sunday night when the Floodbuster notched their first win after six outings in the all-Filipino conference.
Arana finished with 19 points and six rebounds in his best game so far for the Floodbuster since being acquired in an offseason trade with San Miguel.
His clutch three-pointer to open the extra period put Mahindra on top for good, 88-85.
“Binigyan kami ni coach ng green light na pag open ka itira mo lang,” said Arana. “In this game iniba namin yung set-up nung mga plays namin so everyone can shoot from the outside.”
Arana said the win came at the right time for Mahindra since the team would have the likes of Meralco, TnT Katropa, and Alaska for its next three games.
With the victory, he will also have the luxury of looking back at the tape and see time and again imitation of Young's antic.
“Nakakatawa din talaga,” he admitted. “Tinitignan ko yung social media ang daming nagko-comment sa akin.”
“Pero at least masaya dahil natapos ang game na nanalo kami,” Arana stressed.