MERALCO unfortunately lived up to its unenviable billing as the heartbreak kids of the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup after its 91-94 loss to Alaska in their do-or-die encounter for the last quarterfinals berth Monday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Bolts, who lost a couple of games this conference on buzzer-beating baskets, fell short anew, this time against the Aces.
And no one felt the stinging pain more than star guard Gary David, who almost singlehandedly bailed the Bolts out by firing 16 of his team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter.
`El Granada's' explosion down the stretch again went for naught just like in the Bolts’ 86-89 loss to Rain or Shine last week, where he buried a three-pointer from way beyond the arc that could’ve forced overtime only to be spoiled by JR Quinahan’s game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer
“Masakit,” David said in a gloomy conversation with Spin.ph after the game amidst the deafening silence of the empty MOA Arena.
The scene was far from the earlier sight of orange-and-white clad Meralco supporters roaring and cheering with every basket David scores.
And nothing was more ecstatic than the rare four-point play the Gilas Pilipinas stalwart did off a fouled-out Jayvee Casio that suddenly had Meralco threatening at 89-90 in the final 51 seconds of the match.
“Kailangan na talaga eh, no more tomorrow kaya parang nag-suicide na. At least naka-(dikit),” he said.
David didn’t mind that he hardly got scoring support from his teammates down the stretch, expect from Jared Dilinger, who made eight of his 12 points in the final canto.
“Naging maganda rin naman ang tulong nila sa depensa kaya kami nakahabol at maganda `yung picks at pag-set up nila sa akin.”
The Aces, however, held on for the win courtesy of veterans Sonny Thoss and Dondon Hontiveros.
“Siguro yung mga end-game situations yun ang kailangan naming i-improve next conference,” David admitted.
“Pagbalik namin sa practice, kailangan makita namin yung mga mali at weakness namin at yung mga kailangan ma-improve,” he concluded.