AIR21 guard Macmac Cardona said his endgame heroics in the Express’ 91-88 victory over the Alaska Aces on Friday is a product of his ongoing process of rediscovering his old self in the season-ending Governors Cup.
“Tingin ko paunti-unti nang bumabalik (his old self) kasi ini-study ko ang game ko dati nung nasa Talk ‘N Text pa ako, so yung film, chine-check ko yung nagagawa ko dati na di ko na nagagawa ngayon,” said the former star Texter, who scored five of the Express’ last nine points in a strong endgame windup to clinch the team’s third win in four starts.
Cardona, nicknamed 'Captain Hook' for his uncanny driving hook shot, finished with 14 points, spiked by two triples, on top of two rebounds and two assists in 20 quality minutes.
The time spent watching his old video clips at Talk ‘N Text reminded him of how he was able to slither through leech-like defense and score at will during his early years in the PBA.
“Pinapanood ko kung paano ako umiskor dati saka paano ako maglaro dati,” said the 32-year-old former La Salle gunner, who is averaging modest numbers of 10.7 points and 2.5 rebounds in the conference.
But the biggest lesson he learned in his process of rediscovery was the value of being patient.
“Siguro patience din, kasi dati madali ako ma-frustrate sa sarili ko. Feeling ko pag di ako maka-shoot mamalasin na ako throughout the game,” he added.
Cardona averaged a career-best 20.1 points during the 2008-09 season when he helped the Texters bag the KFC-PBA Philippine Cup title against the Aces.
He won his only PBA Finals MVP that season.