Simon lauds Star’s second unit for stepping up in much-needed win
Peter June Simon had his name written all over Star’s quarterfinals-clinching victory Friday night.
He scattered 11 first quarter points, but tapered down a bit in the second quarter when he put up only a three.
But that didn’t put the Hotshots into trouble as the bench stepped up and Simon doesn’t mind sharing the scoring load to the reserves.
“The second group actually played well today,” Simon said Friday after Star walloped Blackwater 102-89 in the PBA Philippine Cup. “They had a longer playing time, and I got to rest a little longer.”
Simon finished with a season-high 26 points while the bench contributed 39 points.
Allein Maliksi and Alex Mallari, reserve wingmen who substitute for Simon and James Yap, finished in double figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Simon commended the bench players’ cohesiveness inside the court, as the Hotshots never let the Elite take the lead.
“They are moving at the same pace, and they have this chemistry on the floor.”
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