MARC Pingris' splendid performance despite an eye injury went for naught as San Mig Super Coffee failed to close out Rain or Shine in Game Five of the PBA my-DSL Philippine Cup on Sunday.
Pingris finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds despite nursing an injury to his right eye, but the Mixers couldn’t put the title away as the Elasto Painters came up with an 81-74 victory in Game Five to cut the deficit to 2-3.
Pingris couldn’t hide his disappointment after the game.
“Sayang, binigay namin lahat,” said a disappointed Pingris, wearing shades to protect his still sore eye when he spoke to reporters after emerging from the San Mig dugout.
Pingris said San Mig just could not overcome Jeff Chan’s shooting spree where he scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter despite the Mixers defenders challenging every shot he took.
“Tignan mo naman kung gaano namin na-depensahan si Jeff pero talagang pumapasok ‘yung tira niya. Kahit may challenge, kahit may tao. Good defense eh. Siguro para talaga sa kanila.
“Talagang gabi ni Jeff ngayon eh,” said Pingris of his teammate in Gilas Pilipinas.
Pingris admitted that the eye injury he suffered after being poked by Rain or Shine bruiser JR Quinahan in Game Four last Friday affected his vision during the game, but refused to be bothered by it.
“Malabo lang ‘yung paninigin ko sa mata ko… Kapag nawawala ‘yung anesthesia, humahapdi na, lumuluha na siya kasi naka-contact lens ako, kapag natutuyo, kailangang patakan uli. Pero tiniis ko na lang. Naka-focus ako sa game, hindi sa mata ko. Pero nararamdaman ko eh,” Pingris said.
He was also advised to wear goggles but Pingris declined to wear one.
“Sabi ng doctor, pahinga ko daw pero kung maglalaro ako, kailangang mag-goggles ako. Pero sabi ko huwag na lang. Nag-pray na lang ako na i-guide ako,” said Pingris.
For now, Pingris said he will just have put Game Five behind him.
“Hindi siguro para sa amin (ang Game Five),” Pingris said.