TNT KaTropa coach Nash Racela reminded his wards to keep their emotions in check now that they have their backs against the wall after surrendering a 111-102 decision to San Miguel Beer in Game Five of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
The Texters looked poised to replicate their Game Four win after heating up late in the second quarter on the way to establishing a 15-point lead at the half, only to succumb to the SMB comeback in the second half.
After letting the game slip, Racela hopes his wards to have a short memory.
“The goal is to get to a Game Seven, so yun naman yun, I mean your emotions cannot be dictated by this game,” Racela said in the post-game conference. “You just have to focus on the next one, and there will be a Game Seven.”
Racela, though, is hoping the Texters take better control of the ball after committing 24 turnovers, 10 more than the Beermen’s errors.
The rookie PBA head coach is also pressed for ways to prevent the Beermen from going to the charity stripe.
“I’d like to say San Miguel easily outplayed us, but it’s not just the case today,” Racela said. “We have to limit our turnovers again. No. 2, we have to limit San Miguel’s free throws.”
“I don't know how, but we'll find ways to better defend them,” he added.