Kent Salado takes blame for crucial free throw miss in crushing collapse: 'Na-frustrate na rin ako'
Arellano players in agony after Lyceum completes huge late comeback. Dante Peralta

KENT Salado stormed straight to the dugout, skipping the singing of the Arellano school hymn, disappointed that he let his team down in the most crucial time of the game against Lyceum.

With only 6.5 seconds left in the game, Salado only made one out of two free throws that could have tied the game in what was an exciting NCAA Season 93 match-up on Friday.

Arellano lost to Lyceum, 94-92, after the Chiefs were ahead by as many as 14 points in the contest to drop to a 4-7 win-loss record.

"Sobrang sakit kaya nga nawala na ako sa dugout kasi nahiya ako sa court eh. Hindi na ako nag-Arellano hymn," said Salado.

Salado said his frustration over losing the big lead late got the best of him as it got him distracted while he attempted two free throws in the dying seconds.

"Parang na-frustrate na rin ako. Na-bad trip na rin ako kasi iniisip ko 'yung lamang. Nagkamali kaming lahat. May mali rin ako. Sayang. Kaya 'yung free throw ko, iniisip ko 'yung parang nagalit na ako sa laro na bakit ganun ang nangyari," said Salado.

Salado is only hoping that he and the rest of the Arellano squad will learn from the loss moving forward to the season.

"Siyempre, lesson learned na lang sa amin na lamang kami, bakit kami nagmamadali. 'Yun ang pinaguusapan namin na bakit ganun, three minutes, nagmamadali lahat," said Salado.

Arellano coach Jerry Codinera agreed that the loss should indeed serve as proof that the Chiefs can still contend despite their unimpressive record.

"Malaking bagay rin na kaya pala nila to keep the game close," said Codinera.

"Nagkaproblema kami sa dulo sa press break. May mga bad decisions kami, poor shot selections. We should have used the shotclock more. Na-convert ng LPU lahat (their shots)," said Codinera. 

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