MARC Pingris was quick to put the blame on himself following San Mig’s loss to rival Talk `N Text Friday night, stressing he failed to put the cuffs on the hot shooting hands of import Paul Harris, whose game-long brilliance was key in the Tropang Texters’ 92-88 win.
“Very disappointed ako sa sarili ko kasi di ko makuha laro ko,” a dejected Pingris said upon leaving the team’s dugout at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“Pilit ko talaga nilalaro pero naaasar ako kasi `yung bantay ko palaging nakaka-shoot, eh si Harris. Lahat ng bitaw niya ata sa akin pasok, parang inasinta niya mukha ko eh,” added bruising San Mig forward, who finished with a personal conference-low two points and four rebounds in 33 minutes of action.
Harris was red-hot from beyond the arc after going 9-of-15. He converted his last three triples inside the final three and a half minutes that allowed Talk ‘N Text to slowly pull away from the stubborn San Mig side.
The 6-foot-5 Pingris said he’s charging his poor defensive effort on experience, but vowed to come back better and stronger mentally when San Mig takes on Rain or Shine in the last playdate of the eliminations on Monday.
“Very disappointed din ako dahil `yung mga little things like rebounds ay di ako maka-box out. Pero sa next game babawi ako,” he said.
“Kailangan uli `yung energy sa team na maipakita ko. Nauhan kasi ako ng inis. Eh next game, hopefully maipakita ko yung tunay na Marc Pingris.”
The loss prevented San Mig from clinching a berth a Top Four berth, sinking the Mixers instead to a tie for second to fifth spots in the standings with Ginebra, Rain or Shine, and Air21.
The Mixers’ match against the Elasto Painters will determine who among the two will get the coveted final Top Four slot that guarantees a twice-to-beat edge in the playoffs.