ALASKA team owner Wilfred Uytengsu saw his PBA ballclub lose in a finals for a second time this season, each one as painful the other.
“Every loss is painful, not more than the other,” said Uytengsu as he made his way out of the Smart Araneta Coliseum moments after Rain or Shine beat Alaska in Game Six, 109-92, on Wednesday to wrap up the championship in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
The six-game series followed Alaska's loss in the Philippine Cup finals to San Miguel, which became the first team in the league's 41 years to win a championship from 0-3 down - a feat the Aces tried to replicate against Rain or Shine but couldn't.
It makes no difference for Uytengsu.
“I hate losing any game, any championship,” said the Alaska owner, who walked over to RoS' side of the stands to congratulate rival owners Terry Que and Raymond Yu even before Game Six could end.
Uytengsu has now seen his team finish runner-up in a third successive tournament and fourth time over the last five, but he prefers to stick to the positives.
“We’ve been in the semis a lot of times, we’ve been in the finals a few more times so what I really value is the consistency at a high level,” he said. “It’s (just) disappointing not to win but credit to Rain or Shine.”
He also gave credit to Alaska star Calvin Abueva, who was named Best Player of the Conference, but stressed that the organization lives by its ‘We Not Me’ battle cry.
“You know Calvin played huge for us tonight before fouling out, he’s really a man with a heart on fire and he showed that all conference long and he will continue to be a big part of the team,” Uytengsu said.
“But it’s ‘We Not Me’ so Calvin is one member of the team that shows big numbers. But there are many players on the Alaska Aces that deserve credit,” he added.