PBA: Maverick Ahanmisi takes responsibility for loss to Globalport
Santino Honasan on Jul 10, 2018 08:20 PM
"I mean, that’s definitely on me. I’m not taking away the fact that I missed crucial free throws, definitely something I gotta work on leading up to the next game."
Top-seeded Rain or Shine watched their twice-to-beat advantage in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Conference quarterfinals disappear, Tuesday night at the Araneta Coliseum, thanks to a late Globalport run, capped off by a game-winning three pointer by breakout star Jonathan Grey.
Up by as much as 16, the ElastoPainters were holding on to a 106-98 lead with less than five minutes left in the game, before Globalport went on the offensive to end the game on a 16-7 run and escape with a 114-113 win, forcing a deciding game on Thursday.
For ElastoPainters guard Maverick Ahanmisi, it was a case of complacency on their part.
"It’s a lot of complacency. I think we played well until, I think, the end of the third quarter. We went up 16, and then we got complacent," Ahanmisi said. "with Stanley [Pringle] out of the game, and Malcolm White out of the game, and that’s where they really came back. They gained their confidence in that moment."
Ahanmisi finished with a solid 15 point-8 assist outing, but down the stretch, missed a number of foul shots that wound up haunting Rain or Shine in the endgame.
In the last 2:08 of the game, Ahanmisi went on to miss three of his four foul shot attempts, splitting the last pair of shots that would have put them up 114-111 with just 16 seconds left.
"I mean, that’s definitely on me. I’m not taking away the fact that I missed crucial free throws, definitely something I gotta work on leading up to the next game." Ahanmisi said.
"Like I said, it shouldn’t have even gotten up to that point, and that game is on me, definitely, for missing the free throws. If I made those, it would have been over."
Ahanmisi went five-for-ten from the foul line in Game 1.
He maintains that it wasn't a case of nerves, rather, just not being able to get his range.
"Oh no, I mean, I just haven’t been on the free throw line all game. I came in the second half, and that was my first couple of times on the free throw line, and I just couldn’t find the range.
"I’ve been in that situation, I don’t know how many times I can count, so there should be no nerves for me there, yeah, I don’t know, that’s just something I gotta work on." Ahanmisi continued.
Now, the ElastoPainters are facing a do-or-die situation on Thursday, and Ahanmisi is eager to bounce back.
"Oh definitely determined. I mean, nobody wants to miss free throws in a crucial moment, especially being the top seed. It’s do-or-die now."