TNT coach Nash Racela rued his team falling short of a more favorable position in playoffs, instead of being in a twice-to-win disadvantage against San Miguel Beer in the quarterfinals.
After seeing their campaign come to an end on Tuesday night when they lost to the Beermen, 106-93, Racela felt they could’ve been in a more comfortable situation had they won one more game than the five wins they won in the eliminations where their longest win streak was two games.
“Life is shaky,” Racela said. “It's a given. It has been the same since last year. Again, this conference, the goal really was to get to six wins which we fell short for a game kasi we it's the same thing that we had in last year's All-Filipino. We were at 6-5 last year.
“Kasi when you get to 6, you'll get into best-of-3 series. And yeah, we fell short by a game kaya nasa advantage kami,” he added.
At least he was glad to see the Texters put up a worthy challenge against the mighty Beermen before folding down the stretch.
“Well, I think we gave ourselves a chance doon sa game,” Racela said. “Credit to them. In the third quarter, Marcio hits tough shots tapos si Arwind din hit eight consecutive points ata, those were tough shots so ayun.”
The Texters also found no answer to June Mar Fajardo, who frolicked in the paint for 35 points on 15-of-19 shooting and 11 boards.
TNT, though, could have someone who can match up with the four-time MVP in the Commissioner’s Cup where they are looking to bring back burly import Joshua Smith, who’s a part of their choices.
“We have a short list, pinag-aaralan lang namin yung timing and availability of some names,” Racela said. “We'll come up with the decision siguro by next week.”
“Of course, andon si Joshua,” he added. “But Joshua right now is still playing in Japan. So he's in game shape. Wala munang names but yeah, Joshua is part of the shortlist.”