I think the game came down to us losing our lead -- Cabagnot
Mark Escarlote on Mar 24, 2018 06:41 AM
Siyempre naman ang mga situations na ganoon those are just part of the game -- Alex Cabagnot on controversial Magnolia timeout allowed by the referee despite of Rafi Reavis stepping on the sideline when he signalled the call
San Miguel guard Alex Cabagnot doesn’t want to dwell on a controversial Magnolia timeout allowed by the referee with four seconds remaining in Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals best-of-seven series at the Big Dome.
The Hotshots drew first blood, 105-103, in a match that the Beermen controlled in the first 36 minutes before collapsing in crunch time.
With the Beermen squandering a 20-point lead in the third period and down by two with just 16 ticks left, SMB tried to salvage a win but Cabagnot missed his attempt as Rafi Reavis plucked the defensive rebound before signaling a timeout.
The referee called the break to the surprise of the shocked SMB players.
It was clear in the replay that Reavis stepped on the baseline when he called time.
It forced SMB to commit a foul to stop the clock with four ticks left.
“Siyempre naman ang mga situations na ganoon those are just part of the game,” said Cabagnot, whose near triple-double of 27 points, nine rebounds and nine assists went down the drain. “We can’t dwell on that moment kasi mayroon pa kaming how many seconds pang maglalaro.”
“Pero I don’t think the game came down to that,” he added. “I think the game came down to us losing our lead.”
SMB was given another chance to save the match when Jio Jalalon missed both his free throws before committing a loose ball foul on the ensuing rebound play on Chris Ross as the possession went back to the Beermen with three seconds left.
SMB big man June Mar Fajardo established a good position underneath for a final play but Rafi Reavis deflected Cabagnot’s inbound pass before blocking Arwind Santos’ three-point attempt at the buzzer.
“Coach diagramed a great play we’ve been working on it from quite some time, you know late game stuff,” said Cabagnot. “Almost nakapasok kay June Mar pero natapik so ganoon ang nangyari.”
Game 2 of the series is on Sunday at the MOA Arena.
“Sana we can go back and be more collectively and cognitively know what we’re doing para di mangyari ulit (ang talo),” Cabagnot said.
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