After not seeing any action in the NLEX Road Warriors’ first two games, Cebuano big man William McAloney finally had his first taste of PBA action last Saturday when he finally saw the court against Blackwater.
The University of San Carlos product was certainly productive, tallying six points, five rebounds, an assist and a block in the Road Warriors’ 98-88 loss to the Elite. The 6-foot-5 forward shared to SunStar Cebu that he wasn’t expecting his number to be called by head coach Yeng Guiao especially since the Blackwater was already up by a huge margin.
But as fate would have it, Guiao brought McAloney into the game and the left-handed big man worked hard to repay his coach’s trust in him.
“I didn’t expect to be brought into the game especially since the opponent was already up big. But I’m always ready in case my number is called,” said McAloney.
“I was nervous but at the same time, I was thinking that this is the time to prove my worth and show that I can help the team,” the former Cebu-Casino Ethyl Alcohol star added.
Although McAloney played just a little over 12 minutes, it was enough for him to realize that the PBA is a grown man’s game.
“The pro game is alright; you just have to be a lot tougher on this level. You have be mindful of everything you do on both ends of the floor,” said McAloney, who added he is grateful to be surrounded by veterans who are helping him learn and grow at this level.
Asked if he has ever earned one of Guiao’s well-known tirades, McAloney sheepishly admitted that to doing so, recalling that it happened during one pre-season pocket tournament. He remembered the incident like it was yesterday.
McAloney said that he was called to the sidelines by Guiao after committing a foul. Rather than run, McAloney jogged to Guiao. This apparently did not sit well with the fiery head coach who immediately scolded McAloney, saying, “Ibabalik kita sa MPBL eh!”
Nowadays, McAloney bears that lesson in mind every time Guiao beckons to him.
“Paspas na kaayo tawgon. Kay patulog-tulog ka sa pansitan, paksit jud,” said McAloney with a laugh. (JNP)