PBA: Rain or Shine latest to fall victim to the comeback trap
Santino Honasan on Jul 10, 2018 09:01 PM
“We played a lot of close games like this all conference, we got games that could’ve gone either way and those situations, we found a way to win. Tonight, we just didn’t find a way. Global clawed and scratched and kept itself in the game and we didn’t do our job."
The Rain or Shine ElastoPainters came into Tuesday’s 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Quarterfinals against Globalport with a twice-to-beat advantage.
Early on, it looked as if the ElastoPainters were on their way to advancing into the semifinals, leading by as much as 16, and then later on maintaining an eight point lead with less than five minutes to play.
And then, it happened.
Globalport ended the match on a 16-7 run in the last 4:45 minutes of action, capped off by a game-winning Jonathan Grey trey to escape with a 114-113 win to force a deciding game on Thursday.
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Rain or Shine did have a couple of opportunities to win the game in the final eleven seconds though. Unfortunately for them, none of their shots dropped.
ElastoPainters captain Gabe Norwood had one of those opportunities for a game-winner.
“It’s an open shot, you take it. It didn’t drop.” Norwood told the media following the loss. “I hit my three before that and shot it with confidence. It didn’t fall for us tonight, but kudos to GlobalPort. They came out and played great. Kudos to Stanley [Pringle] and [Malcolm] White, both got in foul trouble and the supporting cast came in and played a great game.”
Much like what teammate Maverick Ahanmisi said, Rain or Shine played with a bit of complacency after building a big lead and putting the Batang Pier’s main gunners in Pringle and White in foul trouble.
“We didn’t take advantage of the situation.” Norwood said, simply.
Looking forward to Thursday’s do-or-die game, Norwood knows that momentum is on Globalport’s side, but he believes that the loss wasn’t a reason to lose confidence.
“Im sure they have a lot of confidence right now and they should. They played a great basketball game. I don’t think we’ve lost anything confidence-wise.”
“We know what we need to do, how we can play better, and finish games better, especially as veterans. We didn’t do that. Coach trusted us and we didn’t get it done today.”
Rain or Shine is just the latest to fall victim to the comeback trend.
Monday night, Talk N’ Text built a lead as big as 23 points against defending champions San Miguel, only to succumb to a second-half run and lose by eleven.
Against Ginebra, Meralco also built a double-digit lead before falling, 88-81.
“You would think so. You would hope so” Norwood responded after being asked if he thought they would have prepared enough to avoid falling into such a trap, especially that they’re the higher seed.
“We played a lot of close games like this all conference, we got games that could’ve gone either way and those situations, we found a way to win. Tonight, we just didn’t find a way. Global clawed and scratched and kept itself in the game and we didn’t do our job." Norwood added.