INSTEAD of dwelling on one crucial 'non-call' late in the game, Barangay Ginebra coach Jeffrey Cariaso preferred to focus on the events that left his team playing catch-up against San Miguel Beer on sunday night.
Cariaso said there was no doubt a foul should have been called on Arwind Santos when he ‘pushed’ Japeth Aguilar that led to the Ginebra big man missing a dunk with the team trailing by just two points, 72-74.
The miss proved costly as Santos made two free throws at the other end. Instead of a tied game, San Miguel opened a four-point lead on the way to a 79-77 victory.
“There was a foul. Arwind pushed him,” Cariaso said. “But you know, they are not going to call that. It would've been nice if they did. But you can’t worry about that. It happens."
Instead of crying over the play, Cariaso said he wants to focus on the reasons why the Gin Kings allowed the Beermen to open as much as a 15-point lead in the second half.
“Before that (Aguilar miss), my concern was how did they get a 12-point lead, how did they get the 10-point lead? That’s where I’m focused on,” said Cariaso.
The young coach said Ginebra’s comeback try was commendable but admitted they can't afford to allow a team like San Miguel take such a big lead against them.
“They were fighting and staying positive. But we need to work on it. My assessment is to find out how we got down by 10 and find a way that it won’t happen again,” said Cariaso.