SIMON Enciso couldn't get any more frustrated at himself as he sat helplessly on the bench watching Paul Lee clinch 79-78 Magnolia victory over Alaska in Game Five of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals on Friday night.
The Fil-Am guard picked up his sixth foul with 56.9 seconds remaining as he tried to jostle for position for the rebound against a taller Romeo Travis, putting an early end to his 13-point, three-assist, and two-rebound night.
"Of course, it's super frustrating because you want to be there with your teammates and I really pride myself on my defense. I feel I could be there helping our team," he said.
What made Enciso's disqualification all the more deflating was that he felt like he was just getting in a groove, after his trey at the final 3:41 mark ignited a 10-0 run that turned a 74-66 deficit into a 76-74 Alaska advantage with 1:15 to play.
But as this wild championship series has shown,a couple of good bounces here and bad breaks there can change the complexion of a game. Game Five was no exception.
Enciso was the first to accept that.
"That's how the game goes sometimes. Sometimes, it doesn't go your way, so it's how you react, build yourself up, and come back from it," he said.
Alaska now stares at a 2-3 series disadvantage and a fifth straight defeat in a PBA Finals under coach Alex Compton, with Magnolia getting a chance to claim the title come Game Six on Wednesday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Enciso remained defiant.
"This is nothing new to us, really. We're down 0-2 at the beginning of the series. We're really just going back in the gym and work a lot harder, clean up some of the things we need to clean up, and limit our turnovers. I think the biggest thing was their offensive rebounding, they just got more possessions than us," he said.
Alaska committed 13 turnovers which turned into 20 easy points for Magnolia while also allowing the Hotshots to get 21 offensive rebounds.
"Next game, you guys will see a new Alaska team with the old Alaska teamwork and we're gonna pressure them, got to get back to our old ways," Enciso vowed.