BY now, everybody knows the weakest point of Ginebra import Vernon Macklin's game is his free-throw shooting.
But the import has vowed to do better.
“Man, it (missed free throws) happens. I hit some, i missed some," said the former Florida Gator after the 93-96 loss to Rain or Shine on Sunday night. "But I’m gonna keep practicing and hope to knock them down.”
Macklin was a force in and around the paint as usual, coming away with 27 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. But he was a disappointment from the stripe for the third straight game, hitting just five of 11 attempts.
After going 5-of-12 against Barako Bull and 2-of-9 from the stripe against Alaska, the Ginebra import is hitting a little over 30 percent of his attempts from the free-throw line.
To his credit, Macklin is not skirting responsibility for the loss.
"I kind of let my team down missing these free throws,” he said. “That’s (Rain or Shine) a great team. They played hard and did the right things. They made free throws and we didn’t. We just have to regroup and play harder."
Macklin's free-throw woes also seemed infectious, as a Ginebra team that is usually reliable from the free-throw line ended up going 27-of-46 for the game - 19 'free points' wasted that could have turned the game around.
“We missed 19 free throws,” said Ginebra guard LA Tenorio, shaking his head. “Kalahati lang (ng 19 missed free throws) ang na-shoot namin mananalo kami, or wala ngang kalahati mananalo pa rin kami.”
Reigning MVP Mark Caguioa feels the same way.
“They (Painters) didn’t actually beat us,” said the 32-year-old Kings shooting guard. “We missed 19 free throws as a team. It’s basically like you’re giving the win to the other team.”
Tenorio agreed: “Tinalo namin sarili namin.”