PIERRE Henderson-Niles insisted he couldn't care less that he failed to land the Best Import Award in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
The burly import said he came over to win a championship trophy and not an individual award.
Niles described Game Four of the best-of-seven series as 'his worst' after Rain or Shine failed to sweep Alaska following a 111-99 loss on Friday night at the Araneta Coliseum.
The former University of Memphis stalwart finished with only three points (1 of 3) and five rebounds in just 20 minutes of play.
But the low production definitely has nothing to do with his loss to Meralco's Arinze Onuaku in the batle for the Best Import award.
"Am not worried about losing the Best Import (award). I'm in the finals," said the Elasto Painters import who finished just behind Onuaku in the final tally.
"I'd rather win a championship than the Best Import."
Niles gave credit to Alaska for wanting the win more than them, and in the process cutting the series deficit to 3-1.
"They came and played hard. They wanted it more than us. They got the W, we lost," he stressed.
Since Niles came over as a replacement for Mo Charlo, the Elasto Painters have only lost twice, bringing the import's record to 9-2 overall.
That should be enough for him to be named Best Import of the tournament, saying, "I should've won. Since I've been here, we only lost two games including tonight."
But that's water under the bridge now, said Niles who wants to atone for his bad game and help Rain or Shine finish off the series in Sunday's Game Five.
"We just got to do our work from the jump, right from the tip off," added Niles, lamenting the poor start of Rain or Shine in Game Four.