San Miguel guard Simon Enciso celebrates during Game 5 of the PBA Commissioner's Cup Final against Magnolia

Simon Enciso made his first start in San Miguel's Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner's Cup championship matchup against Magnolia on Sunday. His father was also in the stands at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, watching him in his first professional game. He was about to turn a year older too.

But none of that was bigger than what actually drives the Filipino-American guard to play well.

“I feel like I didn’t get my respect,” he told the Inquirer in a candid chat after helping the Beermen to a 108-98 victory in Game 5 and a 3-2 series lead over the Hotshots.

“I thought I would get some after I won one,” he added.

Enciso scored 15 points — all coming from 3-pointers, supporting leading scorer Jericho Cruz, who was equally hot from beyond the arc that night.

Personal triumph

The performance was something of a personal triumph for Enciso, who missed much of the tournament after having spurs removed from his left knee.

The nine-year veteran, a regular at other clubs in the league before finding a home in San Miguel, said he was simply happy to get the club back to where it should be.

“I'm very happy to be able to support my teammates and play a good game like this to get us back in the right direction,” he said of the effort that saw San Miguel regain control of the series.

Enciso shook his head and just shrugged his shoulders when asked what he thinks is the reason he doesn't receive enough adoration for his beautiful piece.

But he knows what he must do from now on.

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“I’m going to have to earn more,” he said. INQ