Maliksi hopes to make splash in first crack at 3-pt Shootout

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While Star wingman Allein Maliksi’s shooting has vastly improved over the years, he has yet to prove his mettle in the PBA All Star Three-point Shootout.  

That’s why Maliksi hopes to make a splash in his debut in one of the staple side events of the mid-season spectacle taking part in the Lucena City Leg of the 2017 PBA All-Star Week on Friday.

“Ever since college ako parang gusto ko makasali dun kasi enjoy rin talaga,” said Maliksi, whose steady shooting for the Hotshots blossomed his game this past season.

The six-year veteran from UST has knocked down 17 of his 39 attempts from the rainbow arc for a respectable 43.6 clip this season, much higher than his average career percentage of 41.8.

But with lack of experience in a time-pressured shootout, Maliksi will lean on approaching the event with a composed mind.

“Every practice naman nagpra-practice ako ng three point shot ko. Siguro kailangan ko lang mag-focus tsaka relax lang,” he said. “Ewan ko paano ko ipre-prepare sarili ko pero back to basics muna. Pressure ‘yan eh. Ang importante naman ma-shoot mo bawat tira mo.”

It’s easier said than done, however, as he admitted, given the plethora of bankable snipers also fielded for the annual shootout.

No less than Gilas co-pool member and reigning back-to-back Shootout King Terrence Romeo will headline the event, with Phoenix rookie Matthew Wright, San Miguel sharpshooter Marcio Lassiter, and Ginebra veteran playmaker LA Tenorio also looking to cop this year’s title.

Also making it hard for Maliksi to get past the first round are NLEX’s Juami Tiongson, Blackwater’s Ronjay Buenafe, Meralco’s Jared Dillinger, TNT’s Larry Fonacier and Mahindra’s Gary David.

“Grabe yung lineup nung sa three-point shootout. Mabibigat talaga. Siguro ang lamang nung iba ay experience tsaka more on kung sino magiging on fire during that contest.”

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