JUMBO Plastic Linoleum coach Steve Tiu took the blame for the Giants’ collapse as they lost a twice-to-beat advantage to Cebuana Lhuillier in the PBA D-League quarterfinals.
The Giants, the fourth seed at the end of the eliminations, lost to the Gems in a series where they only needed to win one game to advance to the semifinals.
But the Giants were forced to a knockout game and eventually bowed out, despite the 15-point effort by Philip Paniamogan.
“Mas prepared lang sila sa amin. Medyo naging complacent din kasi kung titignan mo naman, for me, man-for-man, mas malakas kami sa kanila. Ang missing link lang ’yung teamwork and chemistry. Hindi namin ’yun na-achieve.
“Pero hindi ko rin sinisisi ’yung mga players. On my part, hindi ko na-control ’yung emotions ng mga players. Lahat naman sila, gustong tumulong,” said Tiu.
Tiu said the change of personnel also had an effect on the team after Brian Heruela moved to the PBA while Maclean Sabellina and Jan Colina suffered injuries, among others. Still, Tiu said it is not an excuse especially having a twice-to-beat advantage.
“Wala na sa control namin ’yun pero isang factor din ’yun. Pero ang expectations ng management, at least maka-semifinals kami which is doable dahil we had the twice-to-beat advantage,” said Tiu.
Tiu said Jumbo Plastic is returning for next conference and the Giants eye a better showing in the Foundation Cup.
“Very supportive naman ang management. Long-term kami dito. Siyempre ang goal namin next conference ay makapasok sa finals,” said Tiu.