ALDRECH Ramos admitted his unintentional flagrant foul 1 on Mark Borboran spelled the difference in Mahindra’s 100-94 loss to Phoenix in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday night.
The Enforcers were still leading by one, 90-89, with a little over two minutes left when Ramos saw Borboran bury a right-wing three-pointer, then committed a landing-spot, illegal-landing violation that paved the way for a rare four-point play and extra possession for the Fuel Masters.
Phoenix took the lead and never looked back from there.
“Breaks of the game rin talaga,” Ramos said. “Malaking bagay rin yung nangyari sa foul. Tapos nag-sit down pa ako ng five minutes, so wala na.”
“Binibiro pa nga nila ako na may utang pa daw akong three minutes,” he added, before turning serious as the Enforcers wasted an early 20-point lead on the way to absorbing their first loss ofh te conference.
“Nandun yung panghihinayang namin kasi yung winner streak namin tapos may good chance pa kami kasi leading kami nung first half, nandun yung chance,” Ramos said. “Kaya lang, nag-relax kami tapos nung final minutes na, breaks of the game.”
“Kalimutan na namin ‘tong game na ‘to kasi medyo masakit eh,” he added.
But Ramos, who registered 18 points, eight boards, and one block in 27 minutes, is hoping his team can recover and prove they are for real.
“(Yung ang naghihiwalay sa) good teams at tsaka yung mga nag-bi-build na teams: dapat coming from a loss, marunong ka mag-bounce back from a loss,” he said.
“Nandun pa rin, buo pa rin kami,” he added. “Siguro, more on mental na lang. continue lang namin yung ginagawa naming tama.”