Always coming through down the stretch for TNT, rookie Mikey Williams bagged the Finals MVP honors in his debut conference after leading the Tropang Giga to a five-game conquest of Magnolia punctuated by a wire-to-wire 94-79 clincher at DHVSU Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.
The 30-year old Fil-Am may have fallen short of the Best Player of the Conference plum, but he captured his first PBA Philippine Cup title with a personal award when he led TNT to the 2021 Philippine Cup that ended the franchise’s six-year title drought.
The rookie capped the Honda-PBA Press Corps Finals MVP via a unanimous choice with him being the first rookie to win the honors in 18 years – after former San Miguel star Danny Seigle in 1999 and Alaska’s Brandon Cablay in 2003.
Williams, picked fourth overall by TNT in this year’s rookie draft, was the undisputed best player from the Tropang Giga who normed 27.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.8 assists in the best-of-seven final series.
In Game 5, he delivers a game-high 24 points off three-pointers, four rebounds, and four to cap a stellar performance in this year’s Philippine Cup.
“I feel like this is a surreal moment for all of us. We definitely put the work in, we definitely put the time.
It’s been a long season and it’s been challenging for everybody,” said Williams after the title-clincher win over Magnolia.
Moreover, the Finals MVP said he wouldn’t have done it without the support of his teammates who gave him the opening to pile the points against the Hotshots.
“It took a minute to adjust but everybody behind me welcomed me with open arms. They definitely made my job a lot easy they gave me the confidence,” he said.
“I’d like to thank everybody behind me. The team and the coaches.”