TALK ‘N Text import Paul Harris was quick to take the blame for the Tropang Texters’ 88-92 overtime loss to defending champion San Mig Super Coffee on Thursday at the start of their PBA Governors Cup best-of-five semifinal series.
Harris was held down to a personal conference-low 17 points on a woeful 5-of-19 shooting from the field overall as he was outplayed by San Mig counterpart Marqus Blakely especially in the stretch run of the fourth period when the Mixers made their comeback.
The import only had three points during the pivotal fourth period, an unusual number for Harris who usually comes out strong on offense at crunch time.
“Today, I played soft. I had a really, really soft game,” said a dejected Harris after yet another big-time collapse by the Tropang Texters reminiscent of their heartbreaking loss in Game Four of the Commissioner’s Cup Finals when they lost a 17-point lead to yield the title series against the Mixers.
“I had like one rebound by halftime, then I settled for a lot of jumpers and my shots were really short,” he added. “Marqus Blakely really outplayed me.”
Harris felt his lack of aggressiveness in attacking the basket was a huge mistake on his part as he went to the foul line just six times, five less than his conference average.
“For us to win the next game, I have to be aggressive and play what I play,” a determined Harris said.
“Offensively, I have to attack the basket and not settle for jump shots.”
Blakely meantime, finished the game with a better all around statistics of 20 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals, and three blocks as he sparked the Mixers’ late charge from 11 points down.