BARAKO Bull import Mike Singletary knows to give credit where credit is due.
Singletary singled out Talk `N Text forward Sean Anthony for slowing him down behind a bruising defense that led to a 113-118 overtime loss by the Energy Cola against the undermanned Tropang Texters on Friday night in the PBA Governors Cup.
Worn down after the 53-minute game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the Barako import said the team just gave Talk `N Text too many second-chance points, allowing the Texters to raze the Energy Cola’s once imposing 17-point lead in the second half.
“We just gave them (Tropang Texters) too many second-chance points. And we gave them too many offensive rebounds,” explained the 24-year-old Singletary, who led Barako Bull to a fourth-place finish in the 2nd Al Shabab Basketball Championships in Dubai last May.
Without four national players who are on leave in Larry Fonacier, Ranidel de Ocampo, Jimmy Alapag, and Jason Castro, Talk `N Text still found a way to dominate Barako off the boards, 59-49, while holding a huge 19-8 edge on second chance points.
Singletary added Barako Bull also turned the ball over too many times in the match, which was one of the major reasons why the Tropang Texters managed to get back in the game.
“It’s hard for us to get back to our rhythm because we did a bunch of silly, silly, silly mistakes. Now, we just got to correct those mistakes in our next game,” added the Texas Tech alumnus, who despite battling leg cramps, still finished the game with 41 points and 21 rebounds in a losing cause for the Energy Cola.
Given the compact tournament format, Singletary said they need to bring their A-game every playing day starting on Sunday when the Energy Cola go up against the Meralco Bolts.