Salado calls Chiefs’ collapse to Pirates embarrassing
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 15, 2017 08:16 PM
COLLAPSE. Kent Salado could not show his face to the Arellano fans who just watched their team lose a 13-point lead in the last four minutes.
Kent Salado could not be stopped and had Arellano University positioned to become the first team to defeat Lyceum of the Philippines University.
With his team up by 13 with 4:18 remaining, however, Salado saw the Pirates go on a 20-5 tear to steal a 94-92 win.
In the end, the Chiefs lost a lead of as much as 14 in the third quarter, a lead of 13 with 4:18 remaining, and a lead of three with 1:24 remaining.
“Sobrang sakit,” Salado said of their collapse. “Kaya nga nauna na ako sa dugout at ‘di na ako nag-Arellano Hymn. Nahiya ako sa court e.”
The Master Chief did anything and everything to allow his team to pull off the upset, totaling 24 points, seven assists, and five rebounds.
Of course, he also botched a free throw that would have tied the game and could have forced overtime. “Na-frustrate na rin ako e. ‘Di ako maka-focus kasi ang iniisip ko yung lamang namin. Parang nagalit na ako kasi bakit nangyari ‘to,” he said of his split from the stripe with under 10 ticks to go.
Still, their downfall began when Salado’s backcourt-mates weren’t there to help him. Richard Abanes, Rence Alcoriza, and Zach Nicholls combined for four turnovers in that decisive run by their opponents.
Nonetheless, being a true leader, the veteran guard took responsibility for their collapse. “Mali e. Nagkamali kaming lahat, pero ako, sayang yung free throw ko,” he said.
Salado then went on to say that all they could do now is look ahead and move forward. “Siyempre, lesson learned na lang sa amin na lamang na kami, bakit pa kami nagmadali. Lesson learned na lang talaga,” he expressed.
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