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    JDV admits he no longer had legs under him when he passed up on open trey

    Jun 13, 2017

    THE job of trying to contain 'Jumbotron' Joshua Smith eventually took its toll on Joe Devance.

    The Fil-Am big man admitted he no longer has his legs under him when he opted to pass up on an open trey with the clock winding down - a decision that proved costly for Ginebra in Game Two of their PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinal series against TNT KaTropa.

    With Ginebra down by two, 103-105, Devance found himself wide open from three-point range but declined to take the shot, taking the ball instead to the hoop before dishing off to Justin Brownlee whose undergoal stab in tight traffic was blocked by Joshua Smith.

    Pondering on what could have been after a 103-107 defeat left Ginebra trailing, 0-2, in the best-of-seven playoff, Devance admitted he should have taken the open three'pointer. But as he himself puts it, having to guard the hulking Smith took a lot out of him.

    "It's tough guarding that big dude down there and then in the fourth quarter I don't have that much legs," said Devance.

    [See Brownlee not about to question JDV decision to pass up on wide-open trey]

    On second thought, Devance was man enough to admit it was a bad decision on his part.

    "Thinking about it now, I should have just shot it in. Maybe he could have gotten the rebound," he said.

    Devance finished with 14 points, three rebounds, and four assists. He was actually 5-of-8 from the field, as he himself admitted.

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    "Before that I had no problem shooting the ball. But in the fourth quarter I don't have that much legs," he said. "I just didn't want to shoot the three knowing that I just didn't feel good about it."

    Devance said the Kings actually had the game until the breaks went against them in the endgame.

    "We got to take one game first and take it game by game," he said.

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