Walker slams game-winner in dedication to daughter

Walker slams game-winner in dedication to daughter

Henry Walker went clutch in front of his daughter. PBA Media Bureau

By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--In a five-year stint in the NBA, Bill Walker showed that he can soar with some highlight dunks.

Fast forward to Wednesday night, the six-foot-six wingman that also goes by the name Henry was not even thinking about shattering the backboards of the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

But with his daughter in attendance and the game on the line, Walker went for the kill.

Walker bucked the foul of Mark Barroca and slammed the ball to the rim right against the outstretched arms of Rafi Reavis that eventually gave Blackwater its first win of the PBA Commissioner's Cup against Magnolia.

[Related Story: Walker's go-ahead slam sends Blackwater to first win vs Magnolia]

"I don’t really dunk anymore, but in the game, I didn’t want it to get it blocked. My daughter is watching. I gotta put it down for the win," Walker shared his motivation for the game-winning dunk.

Walker actually struggled all game long, only making 11 points on 4-of-16 shooting, although he also made eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals. He only had two points in the fourth quarter, in fact.

That lone deuce, however, turned out to be the deciding basket for the Elite.

But for him, it will not be possible without the help of the locals.

"The last thing you guys need to worry about is me scoring in the PBA. I can torch anybody if I want to, but it is not about me. I can’t win unless the guys pick up the pace, pick up their own and carry their own slack. That is what you are seeing now. They are confident now. Playing aggressively on offense, that allows me to play the game that I did today. They actually carried me. Kudos to the team," Walker lauded his teammates.

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