BLACKWATER import Marcus Cousin blamed turnovers for the Elite's meltdown in a 89-102 overtime loss to NLEX in the PBA Governor's Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday night.
The American, who was the last to leave the dugout, was left fuming after the expansion team blew a 17-point, third-quarter lead and let a 10-point spread disappear in the final three minutes of regulation.
"We committed too many turnovers, we committed too many fouls," he told Spin.ph, still fuming over the 19 turnovers Blackwater committed compared to the 11 of NLEX.
The Elite found themselves behind, 85-87, in the final 10 seconds of regulation but got a new lease on life when an NLEX turnover led to Cousin's game-tying free throws with .9 of a second remaining.
But that proved to be the last gasp of Blackwater as NLEX came away with a barrage of 15 points in overtime.
"Last two minutes we were up by 10, the next thing I knew the game was tied up," Cousin, who finished with a game-high 29 points to go with 14 boards, said. "It's just unfortunate."
Blackwater still has one final game to play in the conference against the Star Hotshots and Cousin wants to end his stint in the PBA on a winning note.
"We go out and win. Just like that."