BLACKWATER import Henry Walker couldn’t hide his disappointment over the Elite’s inability to obtain twice-to-beat advantage in the PBA Governors Cup quarterfinals.
Walker had 21 points, 12 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks but his effort went for naught as Blackwater lost to Phoenix, 97-91, on Sunday night, in the process falling to fifth place at the end of the eliminations.
Walker found the Elite's effort in such an important game unacceptable.
“We wasted four months of work, four months of preparation,” a frustrated Walker said. “We wasted a great conference to go out there and lay a dud like that in the end. All the time we put into getting that top four [berth], and we got out here today, and we didn’t bring the energy we need on the defensive end."
Walker said Blackwater gave up a lot of offensive rebounds and second-chance points to have a shot at victory against Phoenix.
“We just made some bad decisions. We didn’t box out, we were giving them offensive rebounds and second chances in the fourth quarter and you just can't have that if you wanna be a championship team, especially in the PBA. This is a physical league, if you don't want to get physical, you're gonna get beat,” said Walker.
With Blackwater falling to fifth place, the Elite will now be facing fourth-seed Magnolia in the quarterfinals with the Hotshots holding a twice-to-beat advantage.
“We gotta do some soul-searching and some gut check,” said Walker.