MERALCO rookie Jonathan Grey was left to lament missed chances and a woeful stint from the free-throw line as the Bolts went down to their fourth successive loss in the PBA Philippine Cup at the hands of GlobalPort, 89-97, on Friday night.
The former Benilde standout was at a loss to explain the Bolts' skid but was quick to accept part of the blame, saying the mounting losses are becoming harder to swallow.
“Ewan ko. ‘Di ko alam,” said Grey, shaking his head. “Kasi every time na natatalo kami, ang sinasabi sa amin, learning process. Yun lang talaga yung sinasabi ni coach.”
The rookie has been getting extended minutes from Meralco coach Norman Black and he said the last thing he wants to do is let him down.
“Ako, masama ‘yung loob ko kasi lagi na lang sayang, ganoon na lang lagi,” he added. “Sayang yung binibigay na chance sa akin ni coach. Kumbaga, sobrang thankful ako na binibigyan ako ni coach Norman ng chance na ganito so nakakahiya sa lahat na hindi kami nananalo.”
Grey finished with 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting but missed all his six attempts from beyond the three-point arc. Grey also went 4-of-9 from the free throw line.
“‘Di ko naman sinasarili (ang blame) pero marami akong mga sayang,” he said. “Like free throws, hawak ko ‘yun. Yung hindi ko hawak, pwede kong sabihin na, ‘Ok sayang,’ pero yung free throws, open shots, kaya kong improvin ‘yun e.”
“Ilang years ka nang naglalaro ng basketball, kaya nga free throws, 4-of-9 ako ngayon so sayang ‘yun. Kung na-shoot ko yung ilan lang dun, baka nag-iba pa (ang outcome ng laro),” he added.