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    Alapag's presence, encouraging words inspire Davon Potts to lead from front

    Oct 5, 2016
    "I didn't even know Jimmy (Alapag) was here until halftime. He came in the locker room at halftime and first thing he told me, 'Just keep doing what you're doing,'" says Davon Potts. Freddie Dionisio

    DAVON Potts said he felt extra motivated after his 'older brother' Jimmy Alapag showed up to watch from courtside on Tuesday during the NCAA Season 92 Final Four.

    Potts said he was surprised to see Alapag at the back of the San Beda bench on Tuesday during the sudden-death match against Perpetual which the Red Lions won, 78-63, to seal a return trip to the finals.

    "I didn't even know Jimmy was here until halftime. He came in the locker room at halftime and first thing he told me, 'Just keep doing what you're doing,'" Potts said with a grin.

    "Me seeing him, me looking at him, I can sense his vibe telling me to pick it up, or you need to do this, you need to do that, a simple look at me, it's like I know what you can do. You need to go out there and do it," he added.

    [See Robert Bolick finds more fulfillment in San Beda run to finals]

    Alapag’s word might have struck a chord in the rookie who exploded for 13 of his 16 points in the second half, shortly after the talk with the former PBA MVP and Gilas Pilipinas captain.

    Still, Potts deflected the credit for the win.

    "Jimmy knows my game and towards the end of the game he even told me, ‘It was great you took over the game.’ But you know I don't take credit for the win," he said.

    His performance no doubt impressed Alapag.

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    "He was a game changer. He hit some big shots here early in the fourth quarter. It gave them some separation and then the team took off from there," the veteran Meralco guard said.

    "To his credit, he works extremely hard. And here they are at the crossroad of getting the championship," he added.

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    "I didn't even know Jimmy (Alapag) was here until halftime. He came in the locker room at halftime and first thing he told me, 'Just keep doing what you're doing,'" says Davon Potts. Freddie Dionisio
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