BIG man JR Quinahan admitted a miscommunication between him and frontline partner Beau Belga cost Rain or Shine the win against Globalport in their PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup encounter Sunday.
The Elasto Painters trailed, 90-88, but had final possession with nine seconds remaining in a game that saw them come charging back from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit.
Paul Lee, who had the hot hands for Rain or Shine, was assigned to take the game-winning three-pointer, but was forced to take a hurried shot as Quinahan held on to the ball far too long before making the pass to the Elasto Painters shooting guard.
“Sa last play na ginawa namin, nagkamali si Beau, nag-under siya sa akin,” recalled Quinahan. “Dapat sa ibabaw siya dumaan para ma-screen sana kay Paul. Kaya naubusan kami ng oras.”
Lee managed to get off a shot off the outstretched arms of Globalport rookie Justin Chua, but the ball hardly hit the rim as the buzzer sounded, allowing the Batang Pier to escape with the win.
Quinahan scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds, but considered the shock loss a wake-up call for Rain or Shine.
The burly big man noted the Elasto Painters needed to lessen their turnovers and had to take care of the boards well.
“Kailangan ma-lesssen pa namin ang turnovers namin, saka sa rebounds talo uli kami ng ikalawang sunod na game. Kaya sabi lang ni coach, basta naman sundin lang namin and sistema and find the open man, magiging okay kami,” said the former University of Visayas big man.
He added the Elasto Painters gave the Batang Pier the confidence they needed during the second half, which Globalport was quick to take advantage and register a 14-point lead.
“Nagsimula `yung masama ang execution ng offense namin, tapos `yung depensa namin, mababa ang energy. Nabigyan kasi namin ng kumpiyansa ang Global, kaya kahit hirap na tira nila, nakaka-shoot sila,” noted Quinahan.
The loss snapped Rain or Shine’s two-game winning streak.