JR Quinahan may be the last guy who’ll talk about the deep hole Rain or Shine finds itself in two games into the PBA Philippine Cup Finals against Talk `N Text.
But when asked about his two cents worth on why the Elasto Painters are down 0-2 in the best-of-seven title series, the burly 6-foot-5 center could only think about two things – poor endgame execution and the team’s inability to defend the Tropang Texters’ pick and roll.
The prized find from Cebu rued the poor, late-game decisions of the Elasto Painters that led to turnovers and ultimately, the 89-81 loss in Game Two on Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“Yung decision-making namin sa crucial na oras maraming mistakes,” he admitted. “Tapos `yung free throws namin, and breaks of the game na rin.”
And then, there’s Talk `N Text’s patented bread and butter.
“Yung offense nila, pick and roll. Kasi dun lang naman kami nabubutasan eh. So siguro sa practice kailangan ng may adjustment kaming gawin,” added Quinahan.
That he felt sorry about the loss was understandable.
Other than the 0-2 deficit Rain or Shine has to overcome, the Game Two loss also put to naught the best scoring night Quinahan had in the all-Filipino playoffs.
Quinahan came off the bench and led the Elasto Painters in scoring with 16 points on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc.
The wide-bodied Cebuano also had six rebounds and two assists.
“Sabi lang ni coach walang hesitation. Tira lang pag open, so swerte lang pumasok," said one half of Rain or Shine’s fearsome `Extra Rice Inc.’
“Pero hindi ako satisfied. Kailangan manalo.”