RAIN or Shine stars Gabe Norwood and Chris Tiu both did not attempt a single free throw in the team’s 89-84 overtime loss to Alaska in a battle between the top two teams of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
And both believed the Elasto Painters’ poor shooting from the charity stripe, especially in the endgame, did them in and cost the team the solo leadership in the import-spiced conference on Sunday night.
The Elasto Painters shot just 52.9 percent of their free throws on 18-of-34 attempts in a game that saw them squander a 22-point second-half lead.
“Definitely we have to bounce back,” said Tiu. “Kung na-shoot sana namin kahit kalahati ng missed free throws namin, tapos na yun.”
Holding a comfortable 56-34 lead, Norwood thought Rain or Shine was on its way to victory and the solo lead in the tournament.
It didn’t turn out the way he expected.
“We got to learn the hard way. Maybe we got a little complacent,” he said of the stunning outcome.
Despite the setback, the Elasto Painters remain in second place with an 8-4 (win-loss) slate and still on track for one of two outright berths in the semifinals.
And looking ahead, Tiu just wants the Elasto Painters to learn from their mistakes and focus on their last two games of the eliminations against Meralco and Barako Bull, respectively.
“We just got to play better, go back to the gym, work on our free throws, and work on our execution and hopefully we'll get the two wins,” he added.