LOUIE Alas rued the ‘super wasted opportunity’ Phoenix let go following a sorry 100-98 loss against Columbian Dyip that dampened its PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs bid.
“We blew it,” an obviously disappointed Alas said outside of the Fuel Masters dugout at the Mall of Asia Arena after the game.
The loss snapped the Fuel Masters’ two-game winning run and pushed them to sixth place with a 4-5 (win-loss) record.
A win would have put the team in the upper half of the standings and a good shot at a possible better placing in the quarterfinals.
“Kung nanalo kami yung isang paa namin nandun na sa quarterfinals,” said Alas
Looking back, Alas said the game didn’t come down on Phoenix’s botched play in the waning seconds that saw import Richard Howell forcing to put up a hurried shot from beyond the arc.
The Phoenix coach pointed out to the team’s second quarter breakdown as the culprit for the loss.
“In the second quarter alone, we got eight turnovers and we gave up 17 points on transition. So that’s the story of the game,” he said. “Hindi kami natalo doon sa last possession, natalo kami nung second quarter. We played na akala mo defending champions kami na basta pinush namin yung switch magiging OK.”
Now the Fuel Masters need to sweep their remaining two games against San Miguel Beer and NLEX to assure themselves of advancing to the playoffs.
It won’t be easy, according to Alas.
“Now we have to face San Miguel na sobrang galling nung import and we have to face NLEX na nagbago rin ng import,” he said.
To all these, Alas would rather think positive.
“Baka mas maiging matalo kami ngayon para magising kami doon sa last two games namin,” said the Phoenix coach.