PBA: It’s a huge meltdown for us -- RoS coach Garcia
Mark Escarlote on Jul 30, 2019 09:02 AM
San Miguel is San Miguel. It’s hard to keep in pace with them, like we started the game on fire, but they were able to pick up their defense and they were able to pick up their shots. It gave us a hard problem -- Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia on Elasto Painters squandering a 29-point lead
Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia was straight with his description of the Elasto Painters stinging Game 2 loss to San Miguel Beer in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-five semifinals Monday night.
“Well, it’s a huge meltdown on our side,” said Garcia.
What started out as a perfect 16 minutes of action for the Elasto Painters turned into a nightmare as the Beermen methodically chopped away a once imposing 29-point deficit in the second quarter to hand RoS a painful 105-117 loss at the MOA Arena for a 2-0 series lead.
The Elasto Painters jumped on SMB early, putting a clamp on the Beermen with their sticky defense and finding their mark to build an 18-47 advantage with 9:28 left in the second period off a Jewel Ponferada connection from beyond the arc.
Then Chris Ross happened.
Ross fueled the comeback of the Beermen with his dagger triples – a franchise record-tying 10 treys that highlighted his 34-point explosion.
“San Miguel is San Miguel. It’s hard to keep in pace with them, like we started the game on fire, but they were able to pick up their defense and they were able to pick up their shots. It gave us a hard problem,” said Garcia.
SMB pulled away, 98-75, early in the payoff period as the Elasto Painters were left scratching their heads.
“And same story – turnovers,” rued Garcia of RoS’ 17 errors that the Beermen converted to 29 points. “We were playing good until we started committing turnovers and gave them turnover points. We lost by 16 in the turnover points.”
“Yun, I told the players it’s not over. We were able to build that lead, but then, San Miguel will always be San Miguel, like I said. They’re really probably the best team in the league right now. At least the game is over. Now we just have to look at Game 3,” he added.
Garcia remained defiant.
“Of course, 0-2 pa, ikaw naman, may isa pang game. Ano kami? Hindi kami sisipot?” he said. “Well, like I said, we’re just trying to keep our hopes up right now, try to give ourselves a chance.”
Game 3 is on Wednesday at the Big Dome.
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