ANDRE Emmett may have had a scoring explosion, but the Meralco import failed to make a significant contribution in the crucial juncture of the Bolts’ 92-73 loss to Globalport in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Tuesday night.
Credit goes to Batang Pier rookie Paolo Taha, who, along with Keith Jensen, shadowed Emmett all-game long before fouling out after 20 minutes.
The American reinforcement scored just two points – both from the foul line – in the last eight minutes and 47 seconds after firing 39 markers before that.
“Sinunod ko lang yung sinabi ni coach (Pido Jarencio) na i-limit 'yung touches niya at pagurin siya,” Taha told Spin.ph after the game. “Kaso marami pa rin siyang nagawang points, pero at least napagod siya pag dating ng fourth quarter.
The Bolts were down by just eight, 74-66, after Emmett made two charities at the 8:48 mark, before getting blown out after the import was shackled by Taha and Jensen.
It was a respectable defensive job by Taha, who was known more for his offense in college with St. Benilde.
“Pro na ‘to eh,” the 24-year-old cager said. “Kung ano yung ipagawa ng coach, kahit ano, kaya ko naman gawin. Gusto nila dumepensa ako. So ‘yun adjust ako agad.
“Kahit anong sabihin ng coach, flexible naman ako.”
Batang Pier star Terrence Romeo, who carried the offensive load with 27 points, admired the defensive effort by his teammates.
“Sobrang hirap nung ginawa nila para i-stop yung import ng kabila,” the flamboyant Romeo said. “Although naka-forty one siya, at least napapagod namin siya at pag dating ng fourth quarter, nahihirapan na siya gumawa dahil ‘dun sa dalawa.”