GABE Norwood showed no regrets even after missing his open triple in Rain or Shine’s slim 114-113 loss to GlobalPort in the quarterfinals of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Tuesday.
With the Batang Pier holding a tight one-point lead in the last 11.5 seconds, the versatile swingman got freed on a broken play for the Elasto Painters, but shot his potential go-ahead trey wide left as Reggie Johnson and Maverick Ahanmisi desperately tried to find the bottom of the net as the buzzer sounded.
“It’s an open shot, you take it,” he said. “It didn’t drop. I hit my three before that and shot it with confidence, but it didn’t fall for us tonight.”
What Norwood rued, though, was Rain or Shine’s inability to maximize its twice-to-beat incentive after topping the eliminations with a 9-2 record, especially after holding a 16-point lead, 89-73 late in the third quarter.
“We didn’t take advantage of the situation,” he lamented. “We worked hard in the eliminations, but we also worked hard to be in this situation, to have another chance on Thursday.”
Norwood looked at how the Elasto Painters performed the whole conference, with four of their games being decided by four points or less. They went 3-1 in those tilts.
“We played a lot of close games like this all conference. We got games that could’ve gone either way and those situations, we found a way to win. Tonight, we just didn’t find a way. GlobalPort clawed and scratched and kept itself in the game and we didn’t do our job,” he said.
He also accepted the reality that with the win, GlobalPort is coming in with full confidence come Game 2, but knows that there’s still a lot of fight left on his Rain or Shine team to pull through and advance to the semifinals.
“I’m sure they have a lot of confidence right now and they should. They played a great basketball game,” he said. “I don’t think we’ve lost anything confidence-wise. We know what we need to do, how we can play better, and finish games better, especially as veterans, we didn’t do that tonight.”
“Coach trusted us and we didn’t get it done today. We kind of feel bad about it now, but we’ll go back to work tomorrow and see how we can adjust.”