IMPORT Wesley Witherspoon took the blame for Air21’s Game Two loss against San Mig Coffee in which he was held to a single digit output on Thursday night.
Witherspoon was the focal point of the Mixers’ defense, which held the import to just eight points on 3-of-12 shooting from the field in an 82-75 loss.
The numbers were in stark contrast to the 25 points he poured in during the Express’ win in the series opener of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals.
In contrast, San Mig Coffee counterpart James Mays proved an unstoppable force in Game Two, finishing with 25 points and 23 rebounds to help the Mixers level the best-of-five series at 1-1.
After the disappointing game, Witherspoon took the responsibility for the sorry loss, according to teammate Sean Anthony.
“He blamed himself for the loss and took the responsibility, even though it was the entire team who lost,” said Anthony after emerging from the Air21 dugout.
With Witherspoon struggling, Asi Taulava and Mark Cardona picked up the scoring cudgels for the Express with 21 and 20 points respectively, but the two were the only Air21 players in double figures.
Anthony, who topscored for the team in Game One, sparked a late game rally by the Express, but finished with only eight points as he had to play through a strained Achilles heel.
Air21, however, remains confident Witherspoon, a former San Antonio Spurs, will get back into his usual form in Game Three scheduled on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Spoon is a great player,” Anthony said. “He is going to come back in Game Three.”
“He is a smart guy. He played for the Spurs. He has been under (Gregg) Popovich. He knows what he is going to do. He is going to see how he was guarded. I know that guy is going to come out with aggressiveness and fire in Game Three,” Anthony said.