SAN Mig import Marqus Blakely said the Mixers only have themselves to blame for giving Meralco more chances to score inside in a 69-73 that evened their PBA Governors Cup semifinal series on Tuesday night.
Blakely, who took just two attempts in the first half, was just one of the three bright spots for a Mixers team that looked tired two days after taking Game One via an 83-73 decision.
“We gave them 20 offensive rebounds, and that means 20 more extra possessions. That’s the difference,” Blakely pointed out, while holding the Game Two stats sheet.
“Not that we didn’t play defense, but we just gave them (Bolts) too many chances and come down the stretch, we couldn’t execute on offense.”
James Yap added 13 points while center Yancy de Ocampo came off the bench to score 10 but the Mixers got just three points from Peter June Simon, while Joe Devance and Marc Pingris failed to score in the highly-physical match.
Meralco import Mario West had more local support in Game Two as Reynel Hugnatan came alive with 15 points, while Cliff Hodge and Sunday Salvacion added 12 apiece.
The biggest contribution though came from fit-again Jared Dillinger who had 10 points, including several drop-off passes to Hugnatan and kick-outs to Salvacion.
Blakely tried to carry the load by himself during the second half, going on a attack mode, though the Bolts resorted to the “Hack-a-Marq” ploy from there.
The Vermont alumnus attempted 26 times from the foul line, making just 12.
“For us, we’re not recognizing the defense and not executing on offense. And that’s something we’ll have to clean up and sharpen in practice,” said the 25-year-old San Mig import.
San Mig tries to regain momentum when it clashes with Meralco anew in Game Two on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.