CHARLES Rhodes knew he let San Miguel Beer down after fouling out early in overtime of its PBA Commissioner’s Cup showdown against defending champion Barangay Ginebra on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Rhodes went to the showers with 2:42 left in the extra period and the Kings just holding on to a slim 104-102 lead.
Until committing that final foul on LA Tenorio as he tried to defend a screen, the former Best Import was sizzling hot for the Beermen, scoring 10 of his team-high 34 points in the final period, including the basket that sent the game into overtime.
But he sat helplessly on the bench the rest of the way and watched San Miguel suffer its third loss for a 1-3 record.
“I’m just so sorry to my teammates and coaches. I just feel like I let them down,” said Rhodes, who anchored the Beermen to the championship of this same conference in 2017. “Taking me away from helping my brothers to win this game is just very disappointing.”
Rhodes wasn’t blaming game officials for whistling him his sixth and last foul. He said he just needs to be smarter the next time.
“What can you do, that’s how they call it sometimes,” said the San Miguel import. “I shouldn’t have gone for the screen had I known the referees are calling calls like that.”
Following the loss, Rhodes said it’s back to the drawing boards for the Beermen.
And for him, time to get even better.
“I’ll just go out and evaluate the game and let’s see how I can even do better,” stressed the San Miguel import.