PBA: Amer says Meralco not in right mindset in loss vs ROS
Philip Matel on Jun 24, 2018 08:54 PM
Meralco might have not been completely in the game, drawing the ire of the usually calm and collected coach Norman Black. (FILE PHOTO)
A few weeks ago, Meralco was in the hunt for the twice-to-beat advantage complemented by a top-two finish in the Commissioner's Cup.
But now, the Bolts could only settle for a best-of-three, due to their two straight losses, defeats at the hands of the TNT KaTropa and now, the top-seeded Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
The Bolts had clawed back from an 18-point deficit, and was able to tie the game, but muffed seven straight from the line, mistakes that left them haunted and wondering what could have been.
Among those who missed crucial free throws was Baser Amer, who admitted that the team might have not been completely in the game, drawing the ire of the usually calm and collected coach Norman Black.
"Pinagalitan kami ni coach sa loob kasi parang pumunta kami rito na parang wala kami sa tamang mindset. Sinabi lang ni coach na big game samin to kasi nga twice-to-beat. Nakahabol kami nung second half pero kinapos lang kami nung overtime. Hopefully di na mangyari to," the San Beda product said after the game.
Now that the twice-to-beat advantage is gone, Amer is thankful that the team has an equal chance with their future opponent, squaring off in the best-of-three affair.
"Ganun talaga eh, ganun talaga yung basketball. But good thing na di pa kami laglag sa playoffs di ba. Best-of-three, focus kami dun kung sinuman matapat samin, paghahandaan namin."
"Of course nangyari na. Move on at focus na lang sa best-of-three, kung sinuman yung matapat samin. May two weeks pa namin na break so magpapakundisyon kami, paghahandaan namin kung sinuman yung matapat samin."
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