GABE Norwood said Rain or Shine needs to improve on its rebounding and free throw shooting if it wants to entertain thoughts of beating reigning PBA Philippine Cup champion Talk `N Text.
The Elasto Painters suffered a terrible beating off the boards, 47-64, while going just 20-of-30 from the foul line in a 90-87 loss to the Tropang Texters in the first meeting between the two teams that tangled in the All-Filipino Cup Finals last year.
“It’s a little frustrating. Definitely, it (post-game talk) wasn’t upbeat. Definitely, we had the opportunity to win the game, but we let the game slip away,” rued the 6-foot-5 Norwood, Rain or Shine’s top defensive man.
Norwood tried to rally the Elasto Painters by scoring 10 of his 13 points in the final period, but Ranidel de Ocampo managed to convert on two key jumpers down the stretch to hand Rain or Shine its first back-to-back defeats for the season.
“I don’t know if the nine-day break affected us, but again, we’re professionals. We have to put ourselves in a better situation in the future,” he added.
Norwood explained the Elasto Painters pretty much shot themselves on the foot after letting Talk ‘N Text’s undersized power forward Harvey Carey finish the game with 15 rebounds, including nine off the offensive glass, which essentially killed Rain or Shine’s late-game fight back from a double-digit deficit.
“Rebounds, that’s one of them. I mean, those possessions, especially the offensive rebounds, those are the things we can prevent,” he said.
“Harvey had nine (offensive rebounds) by himself. We can’t let that happen if we want to win the championship. Talk ‘N Text taught us that tonight.”
Rain or Shine, which fell to 4-3, tries to snap out of a two-game slump when it goes up against unbeaten Petron Blaze on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.