PBA: Bong Ramos takes responsibility for Blackwater's first Governor's Cup loss
Santino Honasan on Sep 26, 2018 08:30 PM
"Ako na. I take responsibility sa pagkatalo. Ayokong makakarinig na may bine-blame kayo dyan sa mga kasama niyo na hindi namasa, na nanisi o hindi dumepensa."
As they say, all good things come to an end.
For the Blackwater Elite, their impressive 4-0 start to the 2018 PBA Governor’s Cup came to a crashing halt, Wednesday evening at the Big Dome in a 124-106 drubbing at the hands of the NLEX Road Warriors.
From the get-go, the Road Warriors took control of the ballgame and never looked back to claim their fourth win in six games, while sending the Elite to a 4-1 slate for this conference.
Blackwater Elite head coach Bong Ramos chalked the loss up to what he called an all-around off game.
“Wala eh, di kami maka-connect eh. Defensively, off rin kami,” Ramos told the media after the loss, “Siguro ito yung tinatawag na law of averages. The whole, defensively, offensively,”
Ramos also gave credit where credit was due and praised the Road Warriors, who got major contributions from import Aaron Fuller and veteran gunner Larry Fonacier.
“But I give credit to coach Yeng and NLEX,” he said, “As I’ve said nga. Malakas naman talaga yung NLEX. Nakauna lang talaga siguro kami sa 4-0. Pero kung titingnan mo, sinabi ko nga doon sa interview ko one or two days ago, nakakatakot yung NLEX. Si Fonacier andyan, [Kenneth] Ighalo is doing good.”
For reference, Fonacier came up with a classic offensive performance, putting up 24 on six-of-nine form behind the arc. Ighalo put up 18 points and grabbed six boards, while Fuller had a monster 24 point-20 rebound outing.
“Kulang kami sa energy, sumasabay kami sa takbo nila, sa tinatakbo nila, hindi kami nakatakbo ng mabilis so I told the guys na kailangan, tumakbo kami. Kung titignan mo nung huli, bakit kami dumikit ng 9 points? Kasi tumakbo na kami. Inutusan ko na si Roi na bilisan ang bola and yun. Kaya lang hanggang doon lang, biglang titira na naman si Fonacier.” Ramos continued.
The veteran coach was quick to take responsibility for the loss, saying that he didn’t want to hear any of his players throwing blame around.
“Sabi ko nga, it's not really for us. [Kinausap] ko na lang yung mga players na don't worry about that, don't blame anybody,” Ramos said, “ako na. I take responsibility sa pagkatalo. Ayokong makakarinig na may bine-blame kayo dyan sa mga kasama niyo na hindi namasa, na nanisi o hindi dumepensa."
"Ako na magko-correct lahat niyan sa ensayo.” he added.
The Elite will try to bounce back on Friday, October 5th, when they meet the Meralco Bolts at the Araneta Coliseum.