BASER Amer admitted being teary-eyed after missing a wide-open three-point attempt that would have given Meralco the victory over Rain or Shine on Friday night.
With the Bolts down by two points, Amer found himself left open by Rain or Shine's defense but misfired on a three-point shot in the dying seconds, allowing the latter to escape with an 88-85 victory.
“Sayang ‘yung last shot na ‘yun. Pina-practice ko talaga ‘yun tuwing umaga bago magsimula ‘yung practice. Talagang tira ko talaga ‘yun. Sayang. Tumalbog lang,” said Amer, struggling to control his emotions after the game.
“Kaya kanina pagpasok sa dugout, parang napaluha ako kasi tira ko talaga eh tsaka ineensayo ko sa practice,” he said.
Amer said he was surprised to find himself wide open, but he never hesitated to take the shot.
“It’s a broken play kasi dahil maganda ‘yung depensa ng Rain or Shine. Na-deny lahat nila. Kinuha ko ‘yung bola tapos paglabas ko, na-open. Tira ko talaga ‘yun. Sabi ng mga teammates ko, sayang kasi pina-practice mo ‘yun tuwing morning tapos… di bale, baka next time pumasok,” said Amer.
Meralco is now in 10th place with a 3-6 card and must win its last two games in order to stay in the quarterfinal race. The Bolts will face Alaska and Barangay Ginebra in their final two games.
“Kung may chance o wala, kailangan namin ipanalo ‘yun. Wag namin titignan kung sino makakalaban namin. Wag namin tignan ‘yung standings. Last two games, kailangan maipanalo ‘yun.
“It’s on us,” Amer added. “Lahat ng mga coaches, binigay na lahat, preparation, game plan. Depende na talaga sa mga players kung paano i-deliver sa game. Hindi pa naman tapos. Focus sa next practice at ‘yung last two games. May mga ibang teams pa naman na naglalaro. Malay mo.”