Failing once more to clinch the Commissioner’s Cup title, Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao thinks the discrepancy in the free throw attempts killed their chances in Game 5.
“The story of this ball game is the free throws, plain and simple wag na natin pahirapan kung ano pang mga over analysis natin dyan,” said Guiao to the mediamen, as the Rain or Shine absorbed a 86-78 setback to Alaska on Sunday at the Big Dome.
After winning the first three games to build a 3-0 series advantage, the veteran mentor believes Alaska has been awarded much more trips to the line in the last 2 games where they lost as he saw no glaring difference in the other statistical departments.
“In a championship series, if they have 27 free throws and we only have 11, that means wala pa kaming kalahati sa attempts nila, they have 16+ more chances to win the game,” he added, referring to the Game 5 stats.
Committing 28 fouls in the low-scoring ball game, the Elasto Painters’ bigs was limited in the scoring production with import Pierre Henderson-Niles and Extra Rice brothers Beau Belga and JR Quinahan all in foul trouble to combine for just 19 points.
Guiao shared they will seek clarifications from the Office of the Commissioner on Monday in terms of the calls made against them that they feel were not properly handed out.
But despite the loss, Guiao, who already cancelled his London plan to attend the graduation of his daughter, is still upbeat the Rain or Shine can pull it off in Game 6 given that they will manage to control the complexion of the game.
“Those free throws really mattered a lot. If we can minimize giving up that many free throws, maybe we can finish it off on Wednesday,” he said. “We’re still in a good place. We have two chances to win a championship. We will still keep making the adjustments, that’s the advantage you get when you’re up 3-0.” – By Jason Mercene
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