RAIN or Shine import Wayne Chism said losing the opener of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series against Talk `N Text shouldn’t be a reason for the team to panic.
Chism welcomed the one-day break before Game Two of the series on Wednesday as an opportunity for the Elasto Painters to correct their mistakes and make another strong attempt at snapping the conference-long unbeaten streak of the Tropang Texters.
“It’s (series) gonna be a close one. Our guards realized their mistakes, and I realized some of my mistakes also. Now we're gonna practice and try to correct those mistakes we have made (in Game One),” said the Rain or Shine import.
The Elasto Painters led by as many as 10 points and appeared ready to deal the Tropang Texters their first loss of the tournament after winning their first 10 games when they suddenly fell apart in the fourth period, allowing Talk 'N Text to complete the come-from-behind win.
Chism admitted Rain or Shine’s defensive meltdown at the halfway point of the fourth quarter should serve as an eye-opener for the team, which is gunning for a second straight trip to the Finals this season.
“They (Tropang Texters) made a lot (of three-point shots). They’ve got four, five, six or seven shooters off the bench. So it’s a very tough cover for our guards,” added the 6-foot-8 standout from Tennessee.
The Tropang Texters showered the Elasto Painters with four three-point shots in the final canto, with Jimmy Alapag accounting for three.
The final three-point shot of the 5-foot-7 Alapag gave the Tropang Texters a commanding 84-76 lead, which they never relinquished.
Chism explained given Talk ‘N Text’s solid interior defense, he was forced to get much of his basket from second chance points after grabbing nine offensive rebounds.
“They played pretty good defense on me, especially when I catch the ball at the post, so I had to figure out the way to score,” said the 26-year-old import. “I had to rebound a lot. But again, I have to pick it up next time if we want to win.”