BLACKWATER coach Bong Ramos said the better team won after the Elite dropped a 133-99 defeat against Magnolia on Wednesday in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
Ramos rued the inability of the Elite to play defense early in the game as the Hotshots converted on their shots early. That led to Magnolia getting a lead as large as 38 points before pulling off a 34-point decision.
“Kapag natatalo kami tambak eh. Wala kaming depensa sa start ng game. Lahat ng tinira nila nung umpisa, shoot ng shoot. Na-thrown out pa si Walker,” said Ramos.
In the third quarter, Blackwater’s situation went from bad to worse when Henry Walker was slapped with a second technical foul for complaining to the referees at a time when the Elite was slowly making a comeback.
Ramos said Walker’s absence was a huge loss for the Elite heading into the fourth quarter.
“Ayoko na lang mag-comment pero sasabihin ko lang, momentum ‘yun eh. Sinabi naman sa gitna na foul talaga ‘yun, ‘yung hinawalakan ni Jalalon si Walker, pangalawa ‘yung kay Dela Rosa na interception,” said Ramos.
“To me, kontrolado naman nila (Magnolia) ‘yung game. Talo kami kaya lang, nung humahabol kami tapos hindi tinawagan, sayang. It might be a mistake by the referee pero tapos na,” said Ramos.
Despite the loss, Ramos said the Elite did their job of winning majority of their games in a tough stretch that saw them play three teams in six days even though the loss dropped his team to a tie for fourth place with Phoenix with a 6-2 slate.
In that stretch, Blackwater was able to beat Meralco and Rain or Shine.
“Ang hirap din eh. Six days, three games kami. At least, nakakuha kami two out of three. Bonus ‘to kung makukuha namin,” said Ramos.
“Basketball ‘yan eh, talagang ganyan. Kapag tinatanong ako, lagi kong sinasabi to try our best, one game at a time. We have three games. After the eliminations, malalaman natin kung saan kami dadamputin,” he added.