PBA: Black still high on Onuaku despite import missing 16 free throws
Paul Lintag on May 19, 2018 05:04 PM
The former Best Import missed 16 free throws. Onuaku shot a horrible 5-of-21 from the line and every miss allowed Magnolia to stay in the game.
Arinze Onuaku scored 23 points against Magnolia Friday but safe to say the hulking reinforcement didn't exactly have a great night.
For one, the Bolts lost to the Hotshots, 79-81. A win would have put them in a tie for first heading into the All-Star break but instead, they hold a 3-2 record.
Second, the former Best Import missed 16 free throws. Onuaku shot a horrible 5-of-21 from the line and every miss allowed Magnolia to stay in the game.
The Hotshots eventually stole the win in the end after import Vernon Macklin drilled two pressure-packed free throws in the final three seconds.
Onuaku politely declined to be interviewed following the loss but head coach Norman Black conceded that the missed free throws --- 16 of them --- were the "sour aspect" of the game vs. Magnolia.
"Well tonight he had a lot of opportunities to separate us in the game. If he had made a couple of those foul shots, obviously we could've pulled away," Black said.
"But everytime he got the ball offensively they started fouling him on purpose. In that situation you just have to step up and make them," he added.
Still, Black believes in his import.
While the missed free throw and the loss are tough, the veteran mentor is ready to move on to the next one.
"But, obviously, he gives us a lot of other things on the court to help us win games," he said.
"That was a sour aspect of the game tonight [missed free throws], but that's part of it. You just have to live with it and move on," Black added.
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