WHILE Rain or Shine coaches and players heaved a collective sigh of relief after a lucky escape in Game Four against Alaska on Thursday night, the team's owners were far from happy.
Unable to hide their disappointment after a 123-121 overtime win against an import-less Alaska side, Rain or Shine co-owners Raymund Yu and Terry Que rued what they deemed as lack of intensity by their players.
“Panalo kami, oo. Pero hindi kami happy,” said Yu, moments after coming out of their team’s dugout at the Big Dome with his longtime business partner Que.
“Isipin mo walang import, lamang kami ng sampu nung nawala yung import, wala ring Gabby Espinas sa fourth quarter, pero hindi namin na-dominate yung kalaban,” added the youthful Asian Coatings franchise big boss.
“Paano kaming aasa ng panalo sa Game Five kung ganyan kalamya ang laro namin?”
Que, for his part, was clearly unhappy to see their team rely on lucky breaks to escape in overtine, including a slip by JV Casio while going for an uncontested layup that could've given Alaska the lead.
“Wala kaming killers’ instinct. Dapat pag ganun, pukpok nang tuloy-tuloy. Kaso kami nahabol pa,” said Que in between shrugs. “Paano pa kung lumalaro yung import (Henry Walker) nun?”
“Sana next time, hindi na sila ganyan. Otherwise, lalamunin kami ng buhay ng Alaska,” added the owner of the giant Que-Pa hardware chain.
The two businessmen, both avid basketball fans, also pointed out at their players’ inability to pounce on the foul trouble of Dondon Hontiveros, Casio and Vic Manuel who all had five fouls in the payoff period.