CORY Jefferson would rather not dwell on a controversial non-call late in Alaska's heartbreaking 102-103 defeat to Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner's Cup on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
With Alaska trailing by one following a Justin Brownlee three-point play, Jefferson received the ball on the elbow and put up a jumper which was contested by the smaller Ginebra import.
The Alaska bench led by coach Alex Compton raised a howl feeling Jefferson was fouled in the play, but the referees decided there was not enough contact and opted to let the play continue.
Alaska had one more chance at winning the game, but JV Casio's three pointer went long at the buzzer.
"It just didn't go our away," said an obviously frustrated Jefferson after the match.
The 6-9 Jefferson, who finished with 25 points and 18 rebounds, also defended his decision to take that jumpshot even if there was enough time to take the ball to the hoop with Ginebra in penalty.
"That's my shot. I'll take it every day of the week. Every time we get it, I'll take that shot, no problem with it," he added.
At the end of the day, Jefferson can take solace from the fact that the Aces managed to storm back from a 13-point third-quarter deficit, and at one point even took a six-point lead, 101-95 late in the fourth.
Too bad they just couldn't finish the job.
"Team played well. We dug ourselves a hole a little bit, fought back," he said, "just couldnt pull it out in the end."