TNT KaTropa coach Nash Racela played down the disparity in the free-throw shooting between his team and San Miguel Beer in their PBA Governors’ Cup matchup on Wednesday night.
Twenty attempts from the charity stripe separated the Texters – who took just eight free throws – and the Beermen, who had 28 free-throw tries in a 97-91 win in their first meeting since the last Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
“Naka-eight naman kami,” Racela said with a smile.
“(But) it's hard,” he was quick to add. “We just have to learn to adjust. Ganun talaga.”
Racela also lamented the Texters’ errors – apart from their fouls – as they committed 26 turnovers that led to 25 turnover points.
“Too many turnovers for us,” Racela said. “Too many fouls committed also.”
Despite their 31 fouls, Racela insisted the anticipated matchup wasn’t as physical as it looked as emotions ran high among the players, particularly Roger Pogoy and Chris Ross.
“It wasn't physical,” Racela said. “That's (emotions) part of the game. That's expected.”
Racela, though, was quick to move on as the Texters are set to play their second game in three days on Friday against winless Alaska.
“Alaska, at this point, they're a tough team to play,” Racela said. “Alam namin na naghahanap sila ng panalo. They'll do everything they could to break that losing streak, so mahirap silang kalaban ngayon.”
“First thing is we need to recover first from this game para makapaglaro ng maayos against Alaska,” he added.