A WINNER all his life, Jerwin Gaco could easily look at McDavid's 75-point humiliation at the hands of Cignal-Ateneo on Tuesday as probably one of the lowest points in his career.
"Sa buong career ko, ngayon lang ako natambakan ng ganoong kalaki," the 38-year-old said on the heels of his side's 106-31 ignominy in the 2019 PBA D-League.
McDavid's 31 became the lowest scoring output in league history, erasing the 41 set by PC Gilmore in its 71-41 loss to Boracay Rum back in Jan. 10, 2012.
That kind of performance is without a doubt a blemish in Gaco's otherwise decorated career, which saw him win five PBA championships, including a rare Grand Slam with San Mig Coffee in 2014, as well as a PBA D-League title with Go for Gold just last conference in the 2018 Foundation Cup.
But for him, it was a confluence of events that led to this annihilation, with McDavid only having nine able players against the younger Cignal-Ateneo squad, as well as head coach Allen Ricardo away from the team due to a previously planned trip to the United States.
"Kulang din kami sa players eh. Wala yung iba," he rued.
More than anything, though, it was the Blue Eagles' stifling defense which doomed McDavid as it only shot 21-percent from the field in the largely forgettable outing.
"Nabigla din kami sa depensa nila sa amin. Ang ganda ng depensa nila, na hindi kami maka-execute sa opensa. Makaka-depensa kami ng maayos, pero it will end up in a three-pointer. Nakaka-frustrate din dahil ang dami nilang three-points. First half pa lang, naka-siyam na sila," he said.
"Pero syempre, Ateneo ang kalaban mo, yung sistema nila talagang buo dahil school-based yan eh. Iba talaga kalaban pag eskwelahan."
The loss sent McDavid down to 1-5 in the Aspirants Group, needing a miracle to even have a chance to make it to the top four.
But rather than dwell on this defeat, Gaco would be the first to tell his teammates to put this loss behind them and move on.
"Syempre bawi na lang next game. Matalo ka ng one point o tambak, same lang yun. Talo pa rin," he said.
McDavid goes back to the drawing board and will prepare for UST on April 29.