Nash wants TNT to control its emotions as Finals drag on
Paul Lintag on Jun 25, 2017 08:38 AM
Nash Racela says it would be best for TNT to control its emotions as its series against San Miguel for the 2017 Commissioner's Cup looks like it might go on for another two weeks.
For TNT head coach Nash Racela, his team losing Game 2 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals can be blamed to one reason and one reason alone.
The KaTropa simply lost composure.
Up 1-0 in the best-of-7 series against San Miguel, TNT rolled to a historic 17-0 start in the first quarter, but that was the only good thing that happened to the team in Game 2.
The KaTropa ended up losing by 14 points, at one point, the team even trailed by 32. It was a lackluster game altogether after the Beermen managed to settle down and erase that early 17-point deficit.
"I think we lost our focus and composure especially in the second quarter," Racela said, pointing to the fact that TNT allowed San Miguel to go on a 15-0 run to start the second period, turning the game around for good.
"This is the PBA, the team that loses composure is normally the team that loses. You have to learn how to take the punches," he added.
Despite having key pieces that are rich with championship experience, most of TNT's crew are in their first-ever PBA Finals appearance.
While that is important to note, especially since the KaTropa are going up against a very experienced San Miguel squad in the Finals, Racela refuses to put the blame for his team's collapse on the fact that they have less exposure under the brightest of lights.
"Not really," Racela said. "It's just like when we played Ginebra in the semis when we were up 2-0 and then we lost the third game."
"We lost that game because we lost focus and composure. It's the same thing, I think we need to control our emotions more," he added.
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