ROMEO Travis was hard on himself after failing to live up to expectations anew as Alaska lost to San Miguel Beer, 91-81, on Friday night to be on the wrong end of a sweep in the PBA Governors Cup best-of-seven Finals series.
The Aces reinforcement continued to be a disappointment as the supposed Best Import of the conference contributed just 15 points on 6-of-15 shooting, seven boards, three assists, and one steal in 40 minutes in Game Four.
“I played terrible,” admitted Travis, the last player to check out of the gloomy Alaska dugout at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. “There’s no way around it and there’s no sugarcoating it. There’s no nice way to say it. I didn’t do enough for us to win.”
Although looking more aggressive than he was in the first three games, Travis disappeared when his team needed him most, ending up scoreless in the payoff period.
“I didn’t help my team enough,” Travis said. “As an import, I got to do better and I got to do more. Offensively and defensively, I just didn’t play well.”
Travis, though, insisted that there was no added pressure that affected his game after he won the Best Import award before Game Two in a close race over San Miguel’s AZ Reid.
“I didn’t feel extra pressure,” he said. “I felt the same. I don’t take bad shots. I don’t take shots out of the offense, so when the ball finds me, it finds me.”
“I just didn’t get a lot of good looks as I normally had. And the good looks I had, they missed,” he added.”
As a unit, Travis believes the Aces performed poorly against the Beermen’s pick-and-roll game and allowed June Mar Fajardo too many offensive rebounds. The newly minted back-to-back MVP hauled down 10 offensive boards out of his 21 rebounds.
They also gave the SMB gunners led by Marcio Lassiter, too much space.
“We can’t let teams do what they do,” Travis continued. “They’re a shooting team and we let them shoot. It’s that simple. We didn’t make them feel uncomfortable. They felt very comfortable all-series long and they shot in their comfort zone.”
Travis apologized to the Aces fans for a disappointing finish and vowed to do better if he gets another call-up next year.
“It’s a bad way to end the year. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth,” he said. “I don’t want to leave the great fans of Alaska like this.”
“If they invite me, I’ll come back,” he added. “Hopefully it ends different next time.”