MALCOLM White’s familiarity with NLEX import Wayne Chism gave him enough of an edge to make the biggest basket that led to GlobalPort’s first win in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
White and Chism go way back since their college days and the Batang Pier reinforcement knew how to make the pivotal play against the Road Warriors reinforcement.
White buried a crucial turnaround, fadeaway jumper in the final 23 seconds to lead GlobalPort past NLEX, 85-82, for its first ever win in the midseason conference at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday night.
The turnaround shot gave the lead back to the Batang Pier, 82-80, just seconds after Chism nailed a huge three-pointer to knot the score for the last time.
A product of Louisiana State University, White disclosed having known Chism from Wisconsin College, so his familiarity with his guard as well as the work he’s put in on his shot gave him all the confidence in the world to nail the dagger.
"I've been working that shot since college," he said. "Chism had known me a lot. We go way back during our university days. So he kind of knows my game, and i kind of know his game.”
"So I just told myself to take him to the middle, a few dribble, and turn my right shoulder. Thank God I made the shot."
White said he knows the shot will go in since he felt good upon releasing the ball.
He finished the game with a team-high 23 points, 16 rebounds, and a game-high six block shots.
The import stressed defense paved the way for the Batang Pier to notch their first win after losing the team's first four games.
"I think we played better defense in the second half," he said. "But my main goal is to block some shots, protect the paint, and get rebounds."