JAVEE Mocon once again put up impressive numbers in the semifinals of the PBA Philippine Cup, but this time, his efforts failed to lead to a win on Tuesday.
Mocon delivered 18 points and nine rebounds in Game Three, but Rain or Shine was unable to gain a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series as the Elastopainters fell to the Hotshots, 85-74.
Mocon, who already had 15 points and 10 rebounds in a win in Game One, said he would have wanted his performance on Tuesday to translate into a victory.
“Para sa akin, pangit ‘yung performance ko,” said Mocon. “Talo eh. Even if I scored 25 points, kahit ilan, pag talo kami, it doesn’t really feel good.”
Mocon also saw lapses in his game including misses that would have given the Elastopainters the points they need in order to pick up the win.
“I’m prepared lang talaga for these kinds of games. Binuild-up nila ako nila coach Caloy and the veterans for the playoffs. They’ve been there. ‘Yung transition from power forward to small forward, talagang they are very patient kahit may mga turnovers ko.
“This game, may mga lapses ako at the end game. I think I should have made shots para makalayo sana,” said the former San Beda cager.
Despite losing Game Three, Mocon expressed confidence Rain or Shine would be able to gather itself and bounce back from the defeat especially with the Elastopainters taking a Holy Week break.
“Maganda pa rin chances namin dahil we are still up in the series. It’s 2-1. I think maganda itong break na ‘to. We are nursing injuries like Maverick (Ahanmisi) and Norbert (Torres). Mas maganda na maka-recover sila for Game Four,” said Mocon.