Salvacion did his job defensively but it was at the other end of the floor where he did most of his damage.
“Always a blessing to have a warrior like Sunday,” said Gregorio. “Buried deep and not part of our usual rotation, he exhibited tremendous determination and a positive attitude. He heeded the call and carried us on his shoulders.”
The 34-year-old swingman made the most of his rare time on the court with 20 points, 18 of which came from beyond-the-arc, where he went six-of-seven, including the buzzer-beater which lifted Meralco over GlobalPort.
“I always knew that Sunday could hit the three, but what made the feat more exceptional was not only because it was a game-winning three it was more so because of where he came from,” added Gregorio.
“He was languishing at the far end of our bench in our first four games but it did not discourage him at all. Instead, he took it like a grizzled veteran who did not let the opportunity slip away.”
“Handa naman ako lagi kapag tinawag,” said Salvacion, who was named the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week (February 18-24).
Salvacion’s efforts also proved another thing.
“A great lesson for me, that Sunday should be part of our rotation,” admitted Gregorio.