TWO-time Most Valuable Player Willie Miller had seen enough the moment Barako Bull dropped to a 1-4 record in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup
And so he took it upon himself and rose to the occasion and personally led the Energy to a thrilling 92-90 win over San Mig Tuesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The 5-foot-10 Miller went on to explode for 13 of his 19 points in the final period, allowing Barako Bull to climb back from a double-digit hole on the way to the morale-boosting win against the previously unbeaten Mixers.
“Kailangan lang mag-step up kasi import namin kahit 40 plus points ang i-score, hindi niya ma-su-sustain,” said Miller, who was named Best Player of the Game after adding 10 assists for his first double-double of the conference.
Miller said import Joshua Dollard is no doubt a scoring machine pumping scoring 40 or more points in three of the team’s first five games.
But by doing so much for the team, Miller said the 28-year-old former University of South Carolina-Aiken standout usually ends up wasted towards the last few minutes of the game.
“Sinasabi niya (Dollard) na di puwedeng siya lang ang i-i-score kaya nga sinasabi ko sa iba na pag open kayo, basta within the play, itira niyo,” said the 36-year-old Barako Bull veteran guard, who is averaging 10.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.7 assists this conference.
With the team’s playoffs hopes revived by the king-sized upset over San Mig, Miller hopes the rest of the Energy will be able to take the cue from there.
Barako Bull will take a six-day respite before returning to action against defending champion Alaska on April 2 just before the league takes a break to give way to the All-Star Week.