PUT in the same exact situation, Bong Ramos will still let top guard Nard Pinto take the shot that could make or break it for Blackwater.
That's how confident he is with his stocky playmaker from Arellano.
"Sabi ko sa kanya, 'Nards, whatever happened, maulit man yan, ititira mo pa rin yan," said the Blackwater coach in the aftermath of the Elite's exit in the PBA Governors Cup playoffs Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The fifth-seeded Elite went down against no. 4 Magnolia Hotshots, 103-99, as Pinto missed what would have been a go-ahead three-pointer inside the final 10 seconds.
Blackwater was just down, 99-101, when Pinto failed to convert on the open three.
He finished with seven points on 1-of-9 shooting from the field.
Paul Lee sank two free throws at the other end to clinch the win for the Hotshots.
But there was no doubt in Ramos' mind Blackwater could have won it had Pinto sank the trey and force a do-or-die game for a berth in the semis.
Ramos however, wasn't about to put the blame on Pinto, who was hard on himself after the loss.
"There are games when you make that shot. Today, it's not ours. Learn from it," said the Blackwater mentor.
Pinto thanked his coach for the trust and confidence he had with him.
"Sabi ko sa kanya, 'Nards kapag naulit yan, itira mo uli," assured Ramos of his stalwart.