FROM cloud nine to hell.
That was how Big Chill head coach Robert Sison described their state of mind following the Superchargers stunning loss to newcomer Hogs Breath Café on Monday in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup.
Their 63-69 loss to the Razorbacks came just days after the Superchargers brought down four-time defending champion NLEX last Tuesday.
“When we beat NLEX, we were on cloud nine,” said Sison. “Now, we are in hell.”
Sison said the team was simply too confident going up against the Razorbacks, a heavy underdog after losing by 31 points to Jumbo Plastic in their first game.
“Hindi kami pwedeng pumasok sa game na sobrang taas ng kumpiyansa namin and playing against a new team. This loss against Hogs Breath will bring (my players') feet to the ground," Sison said.
“Lahat nasa cloud nine. Kahit sino naman makatalo sa NLEX, kala mo malakas ka na, then biglang, boom. Para kang bumangga sa pader,” Sison said.
Sison also stressed that his team failed to match Hogs Breath Café’s physicality.
“I have to give credit to Hogs Breath. They played physical against us, kami ’yung nag-mukhang bagong team, I have to admit that,” said Sison.
A pep talk by the Big Chill mentor prior to the game also didn’t work for the Superchargers.
“I told them from the very start that if Hogs Breath beats us, people will think that our win against NLEX was a fluke. And it happened. Para akong naging propeta,” said a frustrated Sison.
Sison also noted that the Razorbacks dominated the rebounding battle, 54-38, while Big Chill continued to struggle from the stripe, making just 15 of their 32 free throws.
“Doon mo nakikita ’yung puso,” said Sison, referring to the rebounding discrepancy. “(Free throw shooting) has been our problem since way back.”