ALEX Mallari acknowledged letting Mahindra down in its latest loss in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, a close 86-84 setback against TnT Katropa Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
With the Floodbuster just trailing, 84-81, in the final five seconds of the closely-fought match, Mallari went for a two instead of trying for a game-tying three-pointer. He missed the shot and import Donte Greene secured the rebound to clinch the Texters’ fourth straight win in five outings.
Mallari later described his endgame decision as ‘one of the worst plays I’ve ever done.’
“Today was on me. It was a nightmare,” he said. “It’s an out of the body experience. I can’t explain it.”
“I take responsibility for that last shot, this game especially.”
The bad decision down the stretch spoiled a double-double night for Mallari, who finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds. He did shoot 6 of 15 from the floor, though.
The Floodbuster’s 1-5 record doesn’t speak well of the kind of work the team had been doing on the court, according to Mallari.
“We’re hanging in there with the best teams,” he admitted. “It just always comes on the last plays. We just have to execute our plays down the stretch.”
Mallari also lauded the Texters for making the necessary plays when the game was on the line.
“That makes great teams great. Execute down the stretch,” he said.
Mahindra, according to Mallari, is not yet there like TnT Katropa. But hopefully, soon it will.