MANILA, Philippines – RK Elagan looked like he was playing against a powerhouse club at his natural home on Friday night.
Converse playmaker finished the game at 82 with a triple drill with 3.6 ticks left and sent the duo against Magnolia overtime at the Inares Center in Antipolo.
Elagan then made big plays in extra time, eventually desiring a first win in the franchise PBA.
“I’m grateful that coach Jeff (Carriasso) gambled on me,” Ilagan said. “He gave me his trust, so I had to repay him.”
He finished with 14 points, four rebounds and a pair of steals.
That night Elagan’s heroism is reminiscent of his departure back in February where, as a member of the outgoing Alaska Aces, the pint-sized guard hit a jumper over Bong Quinto and Meralco Bolts to win the game.
That extraordinary moment also happened on the field at the top of a decades-old hill.
“I think it was a coincidence,” Ilagan said with a laugh. “Although I was thinking about it, and it probably added to my confidence.”
Carriasso, however, felt that Elagan was his best option for a great fight from 20 points behind.
“Once you have proven that you can hit big shots, you have to keep going. So the second time around, it was easier for me, “said Converse Consulting.
“Who else? He has a big heart. She is well prepared. He is a wonderful teammate. And you can’t ask him for anything else. “
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