ALDRECH Ramos admitted Mahindra fell complacent after booking its first-ever ticket to the PBA playoffs, resulting in their lackluster play in the rest of the elimination round of the Governors’ Cup.
After going unbeaten in their first four games, the Enforcer won only twice in their last seven games in the elimination round in a skid which they capped with three straight losses, the latest an 86-83 decision at the hands of Meralco on Sunday night.
“Nung alam naming pumasok na kami sa quarters, medyo nag-lie low na kami, napansin niyo parang yung games namin di na kagaya nung first four games namin na nagpapanalo na kami,” Ramos said. “Naisip namin na na-achieve na agad yung goal namin.”
“Yung charasteristic siguro tingin ko ng isang bata pang team, na maka-achieve ng bago, nakukuntento na agad,” he added. “Hopefully ma-improve namin yun.”
What’s frustrating is that they botched three chances to clinch a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals, although they may yet get it if Ginebra beats Phoenix in their last game.
“Sobra (nakaka-frustrate),” Ramos admitted. “Yung endgame palaging close, pangatlong game na namin to na yung endgame ‘di namin nae-execute ng mabuti, di kami nakaka-take ng shots, ng attempts kaya sayang.”
“Siguro maturity kulang pa tsaka yung willingness kung sinong tatanggap tsaka aako ng play na yun, tsaka mag grab ng opportunity,” he added.
While he turned more aggressive with 17 points and nine boards versus the Bolts after producing just seven points against Ginebra, Ramos was hard on himself after committing a handful of miscues in the endgame.
“Bine-blame ko sarili ko, sa akin yung mga last play pero hindi ko na-deliver,” the former Gilas pool member said. “Hopefully matuto kami sa ganito heading to the playoffs.”