Jericho Cruz was tasked to defend Blackwater’s Baser Amer all throughout their matchup where the San Miguel Beermen won in overtime with a final score of 110-107 over the Bossing.
After the contest, Cruz was asked about his tough job against the clutch guard of Blackwater.
“By guarding Amer, ginising ko lang kasi baka natutulog pa,” Cruz said while giggling.
Cruz, along with the Beermen squad, nearly finished the match with a loss after Amer missed a game-winning shot in their final play in regulation.
Amer has amassed popularity in his recent games because of his clutch plays in the crucial moments for the team, knocking down game-winning shots against Phoenix and his former squad, the Meralco Bolts, prior to their loss against the Beermen.
In addition, he also does a Stephen Curry-esque “Night Night” gesture after every game-securing shot he made against those two teams that resulted in two-consecutive victories for Blackwater.
Going back to Cruz, he tallied 25 points, four boards, and four dishes in their win against the Bossing and also delivered the game-tying floater in the last seconds of the contest to send the match to overtime.
Despite entering the powerhouse at the start of the year, the 6-foot-1 forward credited head coach, Leo Austria and the rest of the coaching staff for the trust they have given to him.
“I just tried to open up my self kapag dino-double team nila si June Mar. Thankful ako dahil yung tiwala ng mga coaches sa akin malaki. Siyempre kung wala silang tiwala, wala rin tayo sa loob,” Cruz said after collecting a win that maintained San Miguel at the first spot in the standings category of the Philippine Cup with eight wins and a loss alongside a five-game winning streak.