SIMON Enciso proved a thorn in the side of his former team Alaska on Friday following his debut with Blackwater in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup.
Enciso had an outstanding first game in a Blackwater uniform, finishing with 23 points including 5-of-11 from threes. He cooled off in the second half after Alaska made adjustments to their game plan.
Alaska coach Jeff Cariaso was no longer surprised by Enciso’s effort.
“We couldn’t stop him in the first half,” Cariaso said after Alaska's 103-77 season-opening victory. “Simon has that capability. I’m really happy for him that since he left Alaska, his career has been consistently getting better.”
“Tonight, we kinda not find him in the first half but we paid attention to him more in the second half. We did a better job defenisely.”
Alaska trades Enciso
In early 2020, Alaska let go of Enciso in a trade with TNT to acquire Mike DiGregorio. Enciso was an integral part of the Tropang GIGA’s campaign in the bubble where they reached the finals before bowing to Barangay Ginebra.
The 30-year-old, however, found himself on the move again when TNT shipped him to Blackwater as part of a three-way deal that enabled it to get NLEX’s No. 4 pick in the Season 46 draft.
The 5-foot-11 Enciso had 19 points in the first half, surpassing his best point production for TNT of 17 during Game Five of the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup Finals. With Enciso on fire, Blackwater tied Alaska at the half, 39-39.
“He has that capability. He was taking stepbacks from way beyond the three. We all know that’s part of this game. Good game for him. I’m happy and proud of him,” said Cariaso.
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