WITH how much energy he spent to almost singlehandedly carry Rain or Shine to victory against San Miguel Beer in Game Two of their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series, one would think there’s little left for Wendell Mckines to expend.
The Elasto Painters import left it all on the floor as he poured in a league season-high 53 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter, 17 boards, five assists, five blocks, and two steals in 43 minutes to lift his team to a pulsating come-from-behind 113-110 victory to level the best-of-five series at one game apiece.
But Mckines, impressively, is the first to say there’s still a lot left in the tank.
“We can go right now, to be honest with you,” the 26-year-old cager said after the game. “I love basketball. That’s why I play so hard.”
“We can play tomorrow. We can play right now. It doesn’t matter.”
Game Three, though, is not until Monday also at the Big Dome.
Painters coach Yeng Guiao is hardly surprised by Mckines’ boundless energy.
“He’s built like he can last, so I think he can last,” Guiao said of the stocky 6-foot-4 American forward.
“He plays like that every game and he plays like that every practice, so it’s really engrained in him,” he added. “It’s not something that’s a put-on. It’s natural in his character.”
And that more than makes up for his lack in size, especially in the face of a tall Beermen frontline led by June Mar Fajardo.
“I just wanted to stay aggressive,” Mckines said. “They brought me out here to be aggressive and to bring energy no matter what the outcome of the game is. I couldn’t let up.”