DIOR Lowhorn said he didn't take offense over coach Yeng Guiao's decision to take him out in the waning minutes of Rain or Shine's PBA Governors' Cup game against TnT Katropa on Wednesday.
The comebacking import was relieved by Guiao with the game on the line and the Texters' in the midst of a huge endgame rally.
TnT went on an 11-0 run coming home to pull off a come-from-behind 101-98 win.
"I didn't resent it. I didn't really play a good game, I didn't play better" said Lowhorn, who finished with 20 pts (8 of 17) and 10 rebounds but committed six turnovers in his first game in Manila after two years.
"This team has been together for a long time, they’ve been playing well together during that stretch in the fourth quarter so it’s tough to come in."
Overconfidence also appeared to have played a huge factor in the sorry loss as the Elasto Painters won all of their tune-up games easily during the season break against Alaska, Star, and even Mighty Sports.
But then again as Guiao said inside the dugout following the loss, those wins doesn’t really count.
“He’s right,” agreed the 29-year-old import, who had previous stints with Ginebra and Globalport. “I wish it could have count. But they don’t count.”
All the Elasto Painters could really do is to bounce back in their next game against winless Phoenix on Saturday.
“He (Yeng) just said tune-up games don’t matter, so we just have to bounce back,” said the native of San Francisco, California.