Charles Rhodes after SMB's Game 1 loss: I let my team down
Paul Lintag on Jun 22, 2017 01:00 PM
Charles Rhodes was sensational in the first quarter of Game 1 against TNT, scoring 21 points. After that, he went cold before finding his range again in the fourth.
In the first quarter of his very first Finals game in any professional league, Charles Rhodes was an absolute beast.
Powering the San Miguel Beermen, Rhodes scored 21 points in the first quarter alone to start the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals against TNT.
Hitting everything from booming threes to his signature thunderous dunks, Rhodes had San Miguel rolling through the first 12 minutes.
But then he stopped scoring in the second quarter as TNT settled down and took control.
He also didn't score in the third as the KaTropa started to heat up.
By the time he regained his touch in the fourth, it was almost too late for Rhodes and the Beermen with TNT eventually taking a dramatic 104-102 win after a game-winning hook shot from Joshua Smith.
"I got out of rhythm. Talk 'N Text did a great job on me and I got to do better," Rhodes said after Game 1 where he eventually finished wit 31 points and 13 rebounds.
"I got to step up. I didn't step up in the second and third quarter and I let my team down. I just got to do better next game cause I let my team down," he added.
Aside from trying to figure out how to counter TNT's numerous schemes on defense, Rhodes also had to deal with foul trouble in Game 1.
Basically, all the troubles he had for most of the elimination round this conference came back to haunt him in the Finals opener.
"You know I’m not gonna bash the referees but this is the Finals. You got to let us play. You know, the fouls, I got in the second and third quarter affected the game. Threw my rhythm off. Threw the team rhythm off and I couldn’t get no scoring," Rhodes said.
"I had to comeback, cold then hot, cold then hot and it just messed my rhythm up the whole game," he added.
With the KaTropa drawing first blood coupled with his uneven performance in Game 1, Rhodes is now extra motivated to deliver the goods for San Miguel.
"It's the Finals. I wouldn't care who it is, it's the Finals. We must win next game. We must win," he said.
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