ANTIPOLO CITY – Simon Enciso found himself a bit under fire when the truth is he just did his job.
The Alaska guard got the ire of some Barangay Ginebra personnel including coach Tim Cone when he still went for a three-pointer in the waning seconds of the Aces’ 104-78 thrashing of the Kings Sunday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Center.
Cone and Alaska counterpart Alex Compton were about to shake hands at centercourt as the game clock was winding down when Enciso’s attempt from three-point range went in to make it a 26-point win for the Aces at the endgame.
Obviously irritated by the act, Cone instead turned his back on Compton and walked away from the court all the way to the Ginebra dugout.
Enciso understands the feeling of Cone and the Kings, to whom he sincerely apologized during the post-game interview.
But at the same time, he said it was but a part of his job.
“I was already dribbling it out, the seconds were already going, and then coach told me to shoot. So I shot it and it went in,” he said.
“I know some of the other players at Ginebra are mad. I want to truly apologize from my end because in the States that’s pretty much showboating, and I’m not about that. So I want to apologize to everybody for doing that.”
Enciso said the perks of the quotient really matters in the season-opening tournament especially in a situation where there is a mad dash for the remaining berths in the quarterfinals.
And for that the Fil-Am guard also understands the Aces coaching staff from giving him orders to shoot the ball even if the outcome of the game was already beyond doubt.
“As a player I’m just abiding for what my coaches are saying,” he said. “I’m not at all wanted to showboat or show them (Kings) off. I just want to honor the game and honor what my coaches told me to do.”
Again, he said his sorry to the Kings and their legion of fans.
“I see it from both sides. And like I said I just want to apologize from the bottom of my heart. I didn’t mean it,” Enciso added.
The endgame issue however was the only blotch on what had been an otherwise remarkable performance by Enciso, who torched the Kings for 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field, including 3-of-7 from three-point range.
He also added four rebounds and five assists as the Aces improved to 3-2 overall and bounced back from an 80-94 loss to Phoenix two days ago.
“We really came in and took it to heart and came out with more energy,” he said. “We just really focus on what to do to defend Ginebra.”