OTHYUS Jeffers didn’t mind seeing Al Thornton go on an offensive explosion, but insisted that it was the abundance of local NLEX support that proved a factor in Ginebra’s 114-112 loss to the Road Warriors in the PBA Commissioners’ Cup on Friday night.
The Gin Kings import saw his Road Warriors counterpart pour in 50 points that duplicated his exact scoring effort against the same team in the last midseason tournament last March.
“Actually that was our game plan, it was to let him score,” Jeffers said. “We were supposed to stop everybody else from doing it, (but we had) a lot of breakdowns.”
“It's very rare one person could score that many points and still get a win,” he added of the NBA veteran. “Al is one of the few players who can pull it off.”
After all, Thornton had plenty of help as Kevin Alas notched a career-high 21 points, while Sean Anthony and Jonas Villanueva added 15 and 12 markers, respectively.
“He had a great supporting cast when he was in his slump missing shots,” Jeffers said. “They came to get key rebounds, key free throws, they had his back.”
Still, Jeffers, no taller than 6-3, didn't do too badly with a 31-point, 20-rebound game. He also believes the Gin Kings were a few plays away from turning the game around.
“We played good basketball. We just had a couple of letdowns,” Jeffers said. “We had an opportunity to win it at the end of the game, we had a good play, wide open shot. I think we beat them in every pretty much category except free throws. It's just we didn't do exactly all coach said on the board.”