MANILA, Philippines—Regardless of Ginebra’s shut loss to Magnolia on Sunday, new Gin King Maverick Ahanmisi nonetheless loved his first style of “Manila Clasico.”
Ending with a double-double of 21 factors and 13 rebounds, Ahanmisi flourished enjoying in one among Philippine basketball’s greatest rivalries.
In fact, he would have liked it much more had the Gin Kings received.
“It was enjoyable. I haven’t skilled nothing else like this in PBA basketball so I’m glad I might be a part of this. It’s simply unlucky that we couldn’t come out with the W,” mentioned Ahanmisi after Ginebra blew a 26-point lead in a 93-91 loss to Magnolia.
“Clearly, you wish to make each shot you’re taking however it shouldn’t have gotten to that time. We have been up 25 and that was utterly on us. We didn’t defend nicely within the second half. They began attacking our pick-and-roll’s and we simply collapsed.”
The sport went down the wire within the dying seconds of the sport with questionable calls on each ends.
However Ahanmisi isn’t making any excuses for the loss that put Ginebra at 1-1.
“We may go on and on about officiating or no matter however we misplaced that sport. We had a adequate cushion and we didn’t focus.”
Maverick wasn’t the one Ahanmisi within the newest episode of the Manila Clasico, although.
His brother, Jerick, was on the opposite finish of the courtroom enjoying for undefeated Magnolia.
Although he could have misplaced towards his youthful brother, he’s nonetheless glad to see him be a brand new a part of the Clasico rivalry.
“[I’m] glad he performed nicely as nicely and it’s been enjoyable… We don’t actually have an excessive amount of conversations about enjoying towards one another however it’s all the time aggressive,” mentioned Maverick.
The youthful Ahanmisi didn’t actually match up along with his brother’s stellar stat line however he nonetheless chipped in 5 factors to go together with a rebound and a steal.
Throughout Ahanmisi’s post-game speak with the press, Jerick walked behind reporters and gave his older brother a peace signal.
Although, that’s in all probability simply the beginning of the banter.
“He’s clearly going to let me hear about it once we get dwelling.”