RAIN or Shine coach Yeng Guiao rued his team’s failure to take advantage of the breaks - and not Dondon Hontiveros’ torrid shooting that shot down the Elasto Painters in Game Six of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series against Alaska on Sunday night.
The fiery mentor still credited Hontiveros for the timely bombs — five three-pointers in the fourth quarter to be exact — that hastened the Painters downfall.
“That’s just extraordinary,” Guiao admitted. “I don’t know if he can do that again in his lifetime. But he did it tonight.”
“But we do not want to make any excuses,” he was quick to add. “In spite of those threes going in, we still had a chance to win the game — if we had just finished our layups off turnovers; we missed a few free throws; we missed a few rebounds; some just bad decisions.”
“And we did not cash in on those turnovers.”
In the face of the Aces’ pressing defense, the Painters surprisingly managed to protect the ball, committing just 15 errors, compared to Alaska’s 24, which ROS only turned into 12 points.
The Aces also once again outrebounded the Painters, 53-50, and limited the losers to 21 percent (7-of-34) shooting from beyond the arc. Rain or shine also shot 70-percent (19-of-27) from the free-throw line.
“This game and this series were totally within reach, but again we just did not make the full effort that was needed,” Guiao said. “So it’s disappointing.”
“We want to look at it as a nice effort at the end of the day; we still fought hard. But it’s still a loss,” he added. “I want the guys to remember how bitter and how painful it is to lose this way — to know that you have a chance, but you lost that chance out of your own making.”