J’NATHAN Bullock owned up to his errant pass to Beau Belga late in the game that sealed Rain or Shine’s fate in the 118-114 loss to TNT KaTropa in their PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinal knockout match Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Down by two, 116-114, the Elasto Painters came out of a timeout with a play designed for Bullock to go one on one against TNT counterpart Glen Rice Jr. from the top of the key. Instead, Bullock, mid-attack, made a drop pass to Belga, who wasn’t expecting a feed, leading to a turnover and a foul that led to two TNT free throws.
“You know, it happens. I read the play wrong,” Bullock said. “I felt like Glen Rice Jr stepped up on me and we had a player that would have been wide open under the basket. I made that read and I should've just kept the ball and took the shot.”
“It was a tough loss,” he added. “Definitely we had a chance to win there. We were up by two forty seconds left. A couple of bad plays down the stretch cost us the game.”
Bullock had scored two free throws that gave the E-Painters their last taste of the lead at 114-112 with 46.4 seconds left, but that was negated when he committed a foul on Jayson Castro on the other end as 'The Blur' converted two charities to tie the game for the 16th time and set up Rice’s heroics.
Despite dragging the twice-to-beat Texters to a do-or-die game, Bullock still feels the E-Painters could’ve done better.
“Actually, I think we underachieved, to be honest,” Bullock said. “We let a couple of games slip away that we could've won. We lost to San Miguel where they didn't even play their import that game. Sometimes that's just how basketball works. But, yeah, I think our club is a pretty strong team.”
And Bullock, who finished with 30 points, three boards, and three asissts, was a key to the E-Painters' late surge this conference as they won seven of their last 10 games including the playoffs since the new ROS import arrived.
“Hopefully yeah (I can come back),” Bullock said. “I believe I got a great chance of coming back.
“Everybody thought that I was the smallest import, that I wasnt gonna be able to match up here, but I felt like I held my own and actually thrived,” added the American forward who stands a shade below 6’4”. “So, we'll see.”