SIMON Enciso made a big impact on offense on Tuesday in Game Two of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals after struggling in the series opener.
Enciso had 23 points and shot 5 of 8 from threes as the Aces beat Meralco, 100-95, to tie the series up at one game apiece.
The Fil-Am guard said he wanted to make up for his Game One play when he only had five points in their 97-92 loss to Meralco. Enciso also paid tribute to his teammates for giving him opportunities to score.
“Game One, I came out a little flat,” said Enciso. “I was really hard on myself and I know I had to step my game up and luckily, my teammates gave my the confidence. When I was open, I just knocked down shots. But it was mostly coming from my teammates.”
Enciso also said he took it upon himself to bounce back from the Game One loss, knowing the importance of the locals’ support to their import Mike Harris.
“It’s always big when someone helps out Mike because he takes a lot of the load on offense. If he can keep doing what he is doing and we chipped in maybe 20, 15 points, then it is kinda hard to stop a team like that,” said Enciso.
Meralco has tied the series up at 1-1 but Enciso said the semifinals is just beginning as Meralco will definitely bounce back for Game Three set Thursday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Enciso said he reminded his teammates just that upon their return to the locker room after Game Two.
“I have a lot of respect for Meralco. They have great players and a great coach. They are going to come out the same way they did today and keep fighting. We have to do the same. Our focus must be at an all-time high.
“As I walked into the locker room, I said it’s not over. It’s far from over. Meralco is a great team and we can’t take them for granted. We have to come out as if our backs are against the wall. That’s what we did today and luckily, we came out with the victory,” said Enciso.