WHILE he continued to fortify his growing reputation as a prolific shooter, Simon Enciso insisted he turned his attention more on involving his Phoenix teammates better.
The sophomore point guard accomplished both on Wednesday as he sustained his torrid shooting while also setting up his teammates on the way to the Fuel Masters pulling off a 92-85 upset over San Miguel Beer in the PBA Philippine Cup in Antipolo.
After knocking down seven three-pointers en route to a career-high 25 in the loss to Blackwater, Enciso added five more treys against the Beermen – all in the third quarter where the Fuel Masters gained enough cushion to weather SMB’s fourth-quarter stand.
“I think I just found a good shooting routine I do in practice, it helps me get ready for games,” Enciso said. “The formula to success is not too hard to figure out. As long as I put in this work, hopefully I can keep this momentum on to the whole conference.”
“And my teammates got me to open spots and delivered the ball when I was open, that played a big part,” he added. “All the glory goes to my teammates and coaches.”
But the Fil-Am playmaker also made his teammates look good. After dishing out a measly assist against the Elite, Enciso registered nine assists this time to barely miss out on a double-double - and even three rebounds away from a triple-double in almost 40 minutes on the floor.
“Definitely, that (setting up teammates) was my focus coming into this game,” Enciso said. “Twenty-five points is great, but one assist and a loss is terrible.”
“It’s unacceptable on my part as a point guard and as a leader on this team, so I try to manage my team a little bit better, not to score too much,” he added. “Tonight, I was a little bit better finding guys.”
Good thing Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia entrusts him with the keys to the offense.
“He gives me a lot of leeway to do what I wanna do,” Enciso said. “He knows my strengths and weaknesses.”
“I got a good thing going here,” added the 5-foot-11 cager, who was acquired in a trade with NLEX last season. “From NLEX to here, I found a home here.”