GINEBRA import Jeffers Othyus shrugged off his early shooting struggle against Alaska in an 86-80 loss Wednesday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The usually explosive reinforcement finished with 21 points but didn’t really get going until the second half after firing blanks in the first two quarters of the thrilling match at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Othyus owned up to the loss, admitting he missed shots he ‘normally makes.’
“Yeah (I missed shots), big-time. I missed shots I never missed by myself,” he said. “But that’s basketball.”
He finished on 7-of-25 shooting from the field with 24 rebounds and four assists, but with seven turnovers. Othyus though, only had two points in the first half where he failed to make all 13 attempts.
The Ginebra import did credit Alaska’s defense for his poor offensive form tonight.
“Alaska had a great game plan of trapping and with Calvin Abueva,” he said. “Hey, I missed shots.”
Despite the loss, he said the Kings had nothing to be ashamed of.
“We won’t hold our heads down. That’s a great game for us as far as our confidence (is concerned) because that team has been in the finals three of the last four times,” he said.
Besides, Othyus still believed the Kings could have won it if not for his shooting struggles.
“If I made shots that I normally made, we could have pulled it off,” he stressed.