SAN Mig forward Joe Devance refused to dwell on his foul-plagued performance in Game Five, vowing to bounce back when the Mixers go for the kill against Rain or Shine on Wednesday.
After an impressive run of games in the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs, Devance suffered a power failure in Game Five, going scoreless in the final three quarters after a seven-point burst in the first period.
Foul trouble also had a lot to do with the versatile Fil-Am's 'disappearing act,' with San Mig coach Tim Cone forced to shuffle him in and out of the bench before leaving the game for good.
"I know it was in my head (fouls), all of our bigs were in foul trouble except for Ping (Marc Pingris), but it's part of the game (and) we have to deal with it," he said. "We got to handle it a little better next game."
Devance also paid tribute to Rain or Shine's defense.
"They (RoS) just played great defense not just on me but on everybody," he said after emerging from San Mig's locker room. "We got to figure it out next game, we'll get over it (the loss)."
Devance was already part of the San Mig team that lost to Rain or Shine in seven games in the 2012 Governors Cup Finals, and the last thing he wants to happen is suffer the same fate again.
"I hope so, it's a payback if we can get that fourth win, but until then it's all up in the air," said Devance. "But just being here (in the Finals) is a motivation for us to beat whoever is in front of us, that's just really it."