JOE Devance conceded committing a 'mortal sin' on a five-second violation in the final 15 seconds of overtime and the outcome of Game Two of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series on the line.
Yet he’s not about to lose sleep on it even though it led to a 104-102 Ginebra loss and San Miguel grabbing a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven affair on Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Fil-Am forward had nobody to pass the ball to in an inbound play with the score tied at 102-all, resulting in a turnover and setting the stage for Marcio Lassiter's game-winning tip-in for SMB.
“Yeah, it was a crucial part of the game, but that’s the breaks (of the game),” he said later. “I have the 'next play' mentality and we could have gotten the stop to tie it.”
The Kings failed to do that, allowing Lassiter to tip in a June Mar Fajardo missed lay-up to clinch the win and cap the reigning champion’s comeback from as much as a 15-point deficit.
Devance finished with 11 points and six rebounds in 36 minutes of play. But he went 4-of-11 from the field and committed four of Ginebra’s 20 turnovers – the second most in the team.
“I should just have lobbed to somebody just to give it a chance,” he said of the Kings final play. “I might have passed it to Jervy (Cruz) at the last second, but Arwind (Santos) was following him.”
“We still have a chance to get a stop, but we couldn’t get a stop.”
While the Kings find themselves in an even deeper hole in the semis, Devance said everything is not over yet.
“They are a great team and they will be considered one of the best teams ever playing in the history of the PBA. We have our task cut out for us and it’s going to be tough to beat these guys,” he added.
“We have to bring everything we got. The series isn’t over. I thought we got a pretty good game plan and we just to get better at it.”