Wide-bodied Rain or Shine import Pierre Henderson-Niles said losing the Best Import award to Meralco counterpart Arinze Onuaku was the least of his concern.
Instead, the 6-foot-8 Henderson-Niles stressed that the PBA championship is more important for him than just getting an individual award.
“I’m not worried about no Best Import. I’m in the Finals. He’s (Onuaku) home but I’m in the Finals,” said the 28-year-old Rain or Shine reinforcement.
Henderson-Niles though was disappointed with his team’s lackluster effort Friday night, which saw the Elasto Painters bow to the Alaska Aces, 111-99.
The loss prevented Rain or Shine from scoring a 4-game sweep of Alaska in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup’s Finals.
Game 5 is scheduled on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Henderson-Niles said the Elasto Painters played their worst game since his arrival over a month ago when he came in to replace the undersized Mo Charlo.
“Worse game, worse game we had so far, but there’s no excuses. They (Aces) came out and played hard. They wanted it more than us so they got the W and we lost,” the former Memphis Tiger backup big man said.
“Since I’ve been here, we only lost 2 games including tonight,” he added.
Before the loss on Friday, Rain or Shine was 8-1 with Henderson-Niles, including a 3-0 start in the Finals against Alaska.
But Henderson-Niles said they intend to be back on attack more come Sunday and wrap up the franchise’s 2nd league championship. – By Richard Dy
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