GELO Alolino regretted that his solid individual and Phoenix’s team effort still fell short as the Fuel Masters surrendered a 97-91 loss to Magnolia in their PBA Philippine Cup matchup on Saturday night.
The sophomore playmaker put up his best offensive game in the pros, firing a career-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including three treys, along with one board, one assist, and one steal, without committing a turnover in 21 minutes off the bench.
But that proved insufficient as the Fuel Masters lost a double-digit lead early in the fourth quarter to reel to a second straight defeat and third in five games to go below .500.
“Syempre kami lahat nasayangan,” Alolino said. “Maganda naman yung team effort talaga namin. Gusto namin talaga ngayon mag-bounce back. From coach Louie, talagang bigay namin effort namin in this game.”
“Sayang, andun na, we felt na sa amin na nung dulo kaso lang ganun talaga,” he added. “Breaks of the game napunta sa kabila.”
Alolino, who scored 10 points in the third quarter where the Fuel Maters nurtured an eight-point lead, insisted his primary mindset was his defense before his offense flowed.
“I tried to focus more syempre sa defense, and then sa offense siguro medyo na-feel ko rin yung game and medyo maganda yung touches ko,” the former National University star said. “Nalo-locate rin ako ng teammates ko.
“Ako naman siyempre when there's an opportunity, bigay ko yung best ko,” he added. “Going against the best of the best, siyempre kailangan ko rin ibigay best ko every single night. I'm working to be consistent para makatulong sa team. Bigay lang ng quality minutes."
"Hopefully magtuloy-tuloy, and looking pa rin ako to improve every day," he ended.